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Representation is an organic process open to constant reshaping over time. Richards deceptive nature, pursuit of power and the allure of his evil remain engaging and significant today as they have a powerful and lasting impression on the audience as they follow his villainous deeds. Both Shakespeare’s ‘King Richard III’ and Pacino’s ‘Looking for Richard’ aim to entertain the audience by representing the nature of Richard in their respective contexts. Shakespeare’s RIII was performed in the Elizabethan era when plays were the central form of entertainment. This was a complex time of political, religious and social tension. RIII appealed to the audience who were entertained by Machiavellian style villains. Pacino’s ‘Looking for Richard’, however, is a representation of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ shaped by contemporary secular views and American Hollywood entertainment influences. The docudrama form explores and clarifies links between Shakespeare’s historical context and its transition into contemporary society. Both RIII and LFR reveal the engaging nature of deceit and villainy through the enigmatic vice character Richard. Al Pacino aims to allow Shakespeare’s Richard III to transcend the confines of the Elizabethan time period and become relevant and accessible to modern audiences in his docudrama, ‘Looking for Richard’. Pacino uses his own identity as a celebrity to enhance Richard III’s relevance to contemporary audiences. Looking for Richard connects a modern society to Shakespeare through the exploration of the enigmatic Richard III in a form that is accessible to a contemporary audience. The adaptability can be seen in the

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