A new adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Richard lll,” presented as a captured-live high-definition broadcast from the Almeida Theatre in London, will be shown Thursday, Sept. 1, at 1 and 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

The Almeida Theatre makes its live screening debut with this explosive new adaptation of “Richard III, directed by artistic director Rupert Goold with Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret.

In the story, war-torn England is reeling after years of bitter conflict. King Edward is ailing and, as political unrest begins to stir once more, Edward’s brother Richard — vicious in war, despised in peacetime — awaits the opportunity to seize his brother’s crown.

Through the malevolent Richard, Shakespeare examines the all-consuming nature of the desire for power amid a society riddled by conflict. Olivier-winning director Goold’s (“Macbeth,” “King Charles III”) searing new production focuses on the mythology surrounding a monarch whose machinations are inextricably woven into the fabric of British history.

The cast also includes David Annen, Joseph Arkley, Tom Canton, Daniel Cerquiera, Simon Coates, Susan Engel, James Garnon, Mark Hadfield, Scott Handy, Finbar Lynch, Aislín McGuckin, Joseph Mydell, Joshua Riley and Joanna Vanderham. This production is suitable for those age 15 and older.

To buy tickets, or for more information, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.