"Richard the Last"

Richard III is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1591, following the rise to power and subsequent short reign of Richard III of England. After Hamlet, it is the longest play in Shakespeare's canon.


  • In a Theater in the Park sketch on Sesame Street, Grover and two Anything Muppets are waiting for the hot dog guy, when the royal lackey comes by to tell them that one of them will be chosen as king of the park. However, he tells them that their name must be "Richard the Last." Although the two Anything Muppets claim their names are Richard, they are not last in line. Even though Grover is last in line and his name is not Richard, Grover claims his uncle once call him Richard by mistake and the lackey considers him king of the park. At the sketch's beginning, Grover remarks "Now it is winter and we are not too contented," a paraphrase on the famous line, "Now is the winter of our discontent."
  • When Baby Bear can't find Alan to make him some porridge in Episode 4119, he shouts out "My kingdom for some porridge!" This is a paraphrase of the oft-quoted line from Richard III, "A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!"


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