Venue and date:
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
2023. 04. 26., 18:00
Tbilisi Theatrical Centre
III. Richárd

Richard III

Venue and date:
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
2023. 04. 26., 18:00
Tbilisi Theatrical Centre
William Shakespeare
Avtandil Varsimashvili
Stage designer: 
Mirian Shvelidze
Costume designer: 
Natalia Kobakhidze
Gia Marghania

King Edward's brother Richard is born ugly and humpback, he dreams of being king since childhood, but he knows that he will never become king if he does not get his brothers and their children out of the way, so he purposefully begins to weave intrigues. First, he marries the widow of his sworn enemy, Lady Anne, to consolidate his power, and then he imprisons his own brother, Clarence, where he sends assassins who kill Clarence in prison.

Then it's the turn of the second brother, King Edward, Richard blames him and his wife for the death of Clarence and kills his already dying brother. After Edward, Edward's under aged son takes the throne of England, and until the prince comes of age, Richard is appointed as the prince's guardian, but Richard is not satisfied with this, he wants to take possession of the throne to the end, and therefore weaves a new intrigue: first, he kills the prime minister of the country, Hastings, so that he does not interfere, and then starts public declarations in the country demanding that the prince be deprived of the title of king and that Richard be declared the rightful heir to the throne.

So Richard takes the throne, but the kingship does not bring him peace, he can no longer do without murders, he is up to his neck in blood and cannot live without blood, first he kills princes and relatives as potential opponents in the future, and then he begins to kill those who helped him seize the throne, his loyal friend Lord Buckingham and finally his wife, Lady Anne. Richard now sees everyone as his enemy, he is suspicious of everyone, and the biggest enemy for him is his own conscience. He is visited daily by ghosts from that world, the insane King Richard III dies in a war with his conscience. He is killed by his own victims.


Richard – Apolon Kublashvili
Lady Anne – Keta Lortkipanidze, Mariam Nadiradze
Clarence – Jaba Kiladze
Edward – Mikheil Arjevanidze
Elizabeth – Mariam Jologua, Ani Aladashvili
Queen – Tiko Kordzadze
Buckingham – Kakha Mikiashvili
Brackenbury – Lasha Gurgenidze
Stanley – Giorgi Jikia
Hastings – Mamuka Mumladze
Rivers – Shako Mirianashvili
Cardinal – Slava Natelnadze
Killer – Dima Merabishvili, Gega Chkheidze
Young killer – Givi Baratashvili
Runtime: 190 min
Language: Georgian with Hungarian translation
Acts: 2
Age limit: 10
The Director
Avtandil Varsimashvili – fotó: Eöri Szabó Zsolt

Famous Georgian director Avtandil Varsimashvili is one of the famous directors in Georgia. He is Artistic Director of the state academic Griboedov Theater and “Liberty Theatre”.

He has been awarded with Georgian State National Award, State Higher Theatrical Award of Kote Marjanishvili, Award named after Mikheil Tumanishvili, winne of “Zolotoi Vityaz” festival, winner of the Grand Prix of "Golden Lion" Festival in Lviv, Ukraine, and has many other international theatrical festival awards. Has received “Order of Honor of Georgia”. President of Georgian National bureau of the Theater International Institute (ITI).

He is the Full Professor of “The Tbilisi Theatre and Cinema University” and delivers master classes for directors and Georgia and in other countries. He has staged over 60 plays, one film, 4 TV films and 14 documentaries. Beside Georgia he worked in Italy, Germany, Russia and Ukraine.



Inviting Theater
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
Awards and prizes
The Best Performance of the Year
The Best Directing
The Best Actor Role