by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Richard III is like those horror stories that children tell to frighten each other. It is not one of Shakespeare's great plays; yet it has the power to grip an audience. Apparently, mankind's appetite for a total monster is insatiable.
Richard, played by Michael Moriarty, is steeped in evil. To seize the crown of England he murders, or has his agents murder, some half a dozen people, including the two boy princes royal who are smothered in the Tower of London. Over the coffin bearing the dead father-in-law of...