The critic didn't like the fact that Rylance plays Richard for laughs, and calls the production "a foolish interpretation."
Sadly, I won't be able to see this production, but I am encouraged by the fact that Rylance and director Tim Carroll tried to highlight the comedy in the play.
Because there is a lot of it.
My personal favorite joke in the entire play is in Act 1 Scene 3, when Queen Margaret goes on a tirade and is about to curse Richard:
Thou elvish-mark'd, abortive, rooting hog!RICHARD
Thou that wast seal'd in thy nativity
The slave of nature and the son of hell!
Thou slander of thy mother's heavy womb!
Thou loathed issue of thy father's loins!
Thou rag of honour! thou detested--
Shakespeare's audience must have howled with laughter when they heard these lines for the first time.
In my adaptation of Richard III, there is more humor than drama. More than tell his audience an historical story, I am convinced that Shakespeare wanted them to laugh.
The critic in the Daily Mail closes his review with: "Give me a Richard who provokes revulsion, not titters."
I think he misses the point. I think Shakespeare's Richard is all the more villainous because he is funny and charismatic.
David B. Schajer