We, the audience, are the first victims of Richard’s capacity to mislead with language, and he begins the play by trapping us in an error—and in a time warp.
— "Doing the Timewarp" Philip Schwyzer, Richard III Commentary

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Professor Emma Smith
 Cambridge University 

Professor Paul Prescott
University of Warwick

Professor Elliott Visconsi 
Co-founder + Expert 
University of Notre Dame


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University of Roehampton


Professor Kate Rumbold
University of Birmingham

Barbara A. Mowat & 
Paul Werstine
Co-editors of the Folger
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Professor Kate McLuskie
University of Birmingham


Professor Philip Schwyzer 
University Exeter 

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