The Blue Orange Theatre is pleased to present Shakespeare’s murderous tale of greed, witchcraft and madness as part of their 2014 national tour. Shakespeare’s reach is truly global with his plays being performed across the world. Macbeth is arguably his most famous work and certainly one of his most popular. Written at a time when James the first was struggling to maintain control over his lands and his barons, Shakespeare’s political tale proved to be a stark and prophetic warning.
This tour will be the third national tour for the Birmingham based company, showcasing Stephen King’s Misery in 2012 and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island in 2013. This will be their largest tour to date with Macbeth being performed at 17 venues across the country.
Their interpretation of the piece has sparked interest from many intrigued Shakespeare fans. The performance consists of only four actors, with one actor playing Macbeth throughout and three female actors doubling up as the witches and other multiple characters. The focus of the performance is placed on the witches influence over Macbeth, highlighting their manipulation and power over him. The piece is extremely physical with the actors changing characters at pace throughout. The characters are represented by various tartans that are worn by any of the three female actors, allowing each actor not to be limited to particular parts. The performance is also underpinned by a score of dramatic opera music heightening the deep sense of urgency the play requires and paralleling Macbeth’s haste in decision making with little regard to consequence.
The performance runs at The Blue Orange Theatre from Thursday 6th March – Saturday 15th March, tickets are £10 standard and £8.50 concessions and can be booked here W: www.blueorangetheatre.co.uk