There are no gods in Shakespeare. There are only Kings.” – Jan KottThe royal house is decimated. Thirty years of civil war has laid waste to a nation, and the blood of thousands has been spilt, all to answer a single question: who shall wear the crown? To some it might seem a small matter. What difference does it make whose temples are encircled in cold metal, or whose brow is pressed down by the weight of jewels? Surely now, with so few left to quarrel, we will have peace. And yet one man’s unbridled ambition will not let him rest…This summer Laurel Hill and The Mechanical Theater welcome you to land godforsaken and ghost-haunted. Shakespeare’s brooding character study asks us as it has for centuries: in a world where there are no gods – only kings- can we be reconciled with each other? Or shall we kill each other to the last man, and the ghosts inherit what’s left?What better place than amid the tombs to tell Shakespeare’s haunting tale of lust, ambition, intrigue and murder? A thrilling twist on the traditional “Shakespeare in the Park” motif, this production of King Richard III is directed by Josh Hitchens and features Ryan Walter, Neena Boyle, Megan Edelman, Rachel Gluck, Josh McLucas, and Loretta Vasile. Bring your own blankets, beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages.Two weekends of performances will take place on July 15, 16, 22 & 23. All performances begin at 7:30pm (with prescheduled rain dates of July 17 and 24). Check in takes place at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.The cost is $20/person; or $17/members. Advanced tickets are strongly suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.