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The Orpheus Suite
An introduction to Ellington
David Bintley discusses the appeal of the jazz legend
Read about the legend of Orpheus
Read reviews of previous performances
Journalist Duncan Heining talks to the big band leader and composer of The Orpheus Suite
David Bintley on the attraction of jazz
The creator of Take Five talks about his love of jazz
See shots from the Company studios
An overview of the ballet
Read quotes from reviews of previous performances
Meet the characters portrayed in the ballet
Geoffrey Smith looks at Duke Ellington's relationship with dance
Richard III and Lady Anne
Hamlet | Petruchio and Kate, a shrew | Richard III and Lady Anne | Macbeth and Lady Macbeth | Bottom and Titania | Othello and Desdemona | Romeo and Juliet
A dramatic game of cat and mouse, this segment sees Richard III trying to charm himself into the affections of Lady Anne. There are, however, a number of obstacles that he has to overcome. For starters, he is not the most pleasant person to look at; in Shakespeare's text he is described as 'rudely stamp'd', and 'deformed'. On top of this, he does not yet have any power, having not yet gained the throne; his brother, Edward IV currently sits upon it.
Finally, and undoubtedly the greatest obstacle which stands in Richard's path to Lady Anne's heart, is the fact that he was reponsible for killing both her father and her previous husband.
Despite all of this, however, Richard deploys his skills at snake-like charm and flattery to great affect, and begins to overcome Lady Anne's prejudice towards him. Does he succeed fully? Those unfamiliar with the text will have to watch to find out...
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