KS2 / KS3 Drama - Richard III Play Script

This is a play script for William Shakespeare’s Richard III written to be suitable for ages 9-14. Richard III tells the story of Richard – a humpbacked member of the royal family who had a deep desire to be king. However, he was fifth in line to the throne with four close family members ahead of him.

The play follows the story of his murderous journey to the top, and his eventual demise to Henry at the Battle of Bosworth.

The play script is a mix of modern English with some of the famous lines from the real play mixed in as well. I hope you enjoy it – good luck!

There are 20 speaking roles with parts for up to 30 students. The language is a mix of Shakespearean and modern English. Ideal for theater performances or plays, reading activities or guided reading sessions.

Also ideal for older students who need to know the story better without getting wrapped up in the difficult language - Shakespeare is easy to understand if you understand the story!

In our Shakespeare Collection we also have:


and Hamlet:

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Created: Nov 13, 2017

Updated: Oct 27, 2020


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