I think Richard III is very very very hard to really understand. Especially the beginning. The play works because of the melodramatic fun of Richard continually taking us (the audience) in on his wicked shenanigans. And some of the scenes (like his seduction of Anne) are delicious, but, while you’re watching...isn’t it confusing whose father and husband were Anne’s and what all that has to do with Richard? And the riddle about G (i.e., is it G for George or G for Gloucester?)....isn’t that way over an audience’s head without prior study? And, really, who is mad Margaret? And then who is Richard’s own mother, why does she appear, and what is she blathering on about? And all those relatives of the late Edward IV’s Queen...is it at all easy to understand what’s the big deal with them? I think it’s impenetrable without a scorecard and some advanced study.