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Sweet Tea Shakespeare returns to Raleigh, NC in this mesmerizing tale of ruthless and relentless ambition. Starring David Henderson as RIchard III and directed by Wade Newhouse.


William Shakespeare’s classic play explores Richard of Gloucester’s manipulative rise from Duke to Lord Protector to King at the end of England’s Plantagenet dynasty. Beginning shortly after the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471 and based loosely on Thomas More’s The History of King Richard III, Richard III explores the lengths one man will go through in order to secure the throne – and how easy it is to lose it all. Starring David Henderson as Richard III.

The play draws us to identify with Richard and his quest for power at all costs. At the start of the play, Richard presents himself as an enterprising villain, and as not yet a King, he plans to dispose of (or marry), anyone in his way. He carves a way to the throne through assassination and executions.

Venue: William Peace University / Leggett Theater

Performance Dates: October 6-9 and 13-16

Thursday – Saturday performances begin at 7:30pm; 6:45 preshow

Sunday performances begin at 2:00pm; 1:15pm preshow

General Admission: $22 

Seniors: $20 

Seniors are considered 55+

Military/Gold Star Families: $19 

Military is anyone with a valid military ID, including active duty, retired, veteran, and any immediate family members

Students: $12.00 

Students are anyone school aged or college and university students of any age with valid ID

Streaming: $20

Streaming tickets may be purchased at any point in the run. A link will be sent for a recorded, on-demand stream to all streaming ticket buyers at the end of the performance run.

William Peace University / Leggett Theater

Performances take place in Leggett Theater on the second floor of William Peace University’s historic Main Building at 15 E Peace Street in downtown Raleigh. Elevators are available to the second floor. Parking may be found in public lots at Peace after business hours near the corner of Peace and Blount Streets, or on Halifax Street near Seaboard Station. No food or drink unless otherwise noted. Seating is available on stage in plastic folding chairs and in some of the customary theatre seats. Patrons should expect to experience somewhat uneven historic brick pathways. The performance space is accessible via stairs or ramp and very small elevator. Full restroom facilities are available.

Snacks and light refreshments (non-alcoholic) are available for purchase. 

Live Music Preshow

Most of our in-person and full-length online productions feature preshow entertainment with live music featuring the Pettaway’s jazz band. Along with music, enjoy plenty of warm hospitality and ways to engage, from bidding on special seating, which we call “Chair Paravel,” to adorning Sweet Tea Shakespeare swag available for purchase, to yard games and activities.

Tickets and Memberships

All performances, whether in-person or streaming, are available via standard ticketing on our website at Sweet Tea Shakespeare Members may receive single or multiple tickets to in-person productions, depending on Membership level. Become a Sweet Tea Shakespeare Member at


Purchase tickets at

Richard III | War of the Roses | Shakespeare | Raleigh, NC

Become a Sweet Tea Shakespeare Member: Monthly and annual members receive special advance ticket rates, complimentary tickets, complimentary ticket exchanges, stickers, totes, and other sweet merchandise, and much more. For information on becoming a Sweet Tea Shakespeare Member go to

No outside food or beverages; no coolers.

Some events have age recommendations/restrictions, e.g. STS Hours have some adult language and therefore are recommended as PG-13 appropriate, LIT events are generally for adults 18+.

Changes due to inclement weather will be announced on Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s website and Facebook page at

We offer no refunds for purchased tickets for any reason. Please be aware we perform outdoors in high heat and humidity, and the chairs we provide are sometimes regular folding chairs. We always invite audience members to make adjustments for their own comfort, sight lines, and out of kindness for others. 

Free Rain Return Tickets

On outdoor performance nights where we move indoors due to rain, you can return for free to a performance of the same production later in the run by registering in advance with our box office. Subject to availability.

Contact Information

Call 910-420-4384 (available 1 hour prior to the performance until 30 minutes into the performance) or email or

Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea Shakespeare is a theatre & music company based in Fayetteville NC. We also do Shakespeare in Raleigh NC, Shakespeare in Sanford NC, Shakespeare in Elizabethtown NC. We do occasional musical theatre. We do school performances. We have a drunk Shakespeare series called LIT. We have a young company called Green Tea.