Students will perform “Richard III,” one of Shakespeare’s better-known histories, Oct. 5-9 at 8 p.m. nightly. There also will be a 3 p.m. matinee Oct. 9. All performances will be at the Thrust Theatre, 2314 S. Floyd St.

Director Rinda Frye, theater department chair, has shorn the play to almost half the original length of four hours, but she includes all the famous scenes and a number of seldom-produced scenes.

“The play has some of the strongest and best-written women’s roles in all of Shakespeare’s plays,” Frye said. “I’ve kept most of these scenes to provide a balance for the more masculine scenes of war and mayhem and to provide a stronger context for Richard’s shenanigans.

“Usually portrayed as the icon of consummate evil, I’ve always seen Richard as a comic villain,” Frye said.

Show tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for faculty and staff and $8 for students and senior citizens. Season tickets still are available and cost $60 for the general public, $50 for faculty, staff and people aged 65 and over and $40 for students.

For tickets and information, call 502-852-6814 or go to Theatre Arts.