Maquette for Richard III

Maker and role
Artist: Ralph Koltai, British, born Germany, 1924-2018
ca. 1979
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Object detail

Lead, painted metal, and wood
10 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 19in (26 x 48.9 x 48.3cm)
Credit line
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
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Theatre production
Play by William Shakespeare. Produced by the National Theatre, London, 1979.
Further information
Koltai made the maquette with sheets of grey, cold, hard metal to suggest the brutality of Shakespeare's murderous king. Onstage, the walls tilted and slid back and forth, menacingly. The wall with the "u" cut in the top even served as a block for beheading rivals to the throne. The stage ran red with rivulets of blood.
Theatre Design & Technology; Winter 2014; p. 33-34


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