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Macbeth

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

March 27, 28, 29, & 30 2019

Macbeth

by William Shakespeare


“no gimmicks, no modern dress just the magic of the words”
– The Argus–

 
 


Directed by
Susanne Crosby

Cast

Guy Steddon – Macbeth
Jacqueline Harper – Lady Macbeth
Phil Nair – Brown – Macduff
Emily Hale – Witch
Nettie Sheridan – Witch
Katie Hunwick – Witch
John Garland – Banquo
Peter Thompson – Duncan
Kane Magee – Malcolm
David Aitchison – Donalbain
Sam Razavi – Lennox
Dan Dryer – Ross
David Aitchison – Menteith
Elliot Robinson – Angus
Katie Hunwick – Lady Macduff
Giles Newlyn–Bowmer – Fleance
Peter Thompson – Seyton
Derek Fraser – Doctor
Claire Coull – Gentlewoman
John Garland – Siward
Elliot Robinson – young Siward
Andrew Wesby – Sergeant/Captain
David Aitchison – Murderer
Elliot Robinson – Murderer
Andrew Wesby – Murderer
Derek Fraser – Wise old man
Giles Newlyn–Bowmer – Servant
Peter Joyce – Servant
Andrew Wesby – Porter

 

Programme Note #1: Macbeth

SC writes : Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s darkest plays: the tale of the brave Scottish General taken over by ambition and lust for power after receiving a supernatural prophecy, with not an insignificant push from his wife, is compelling, intriguing and enthralling. This play is about how those who have unchecked rule and lust for power can destroy everyone and everything in their path: including the ones they say they love. The those themes are current for all ages.

I fell in love with the play when I studied it at school. I have always had a strong vision for it, I wanted to create the most authentic version possible; and I knew I would have had to cast the strongest actors and work with the best backstage team to bring it to life.

I am hugely grateful to Wick Theatre Company: the Production Team have been absolutely amazing and my cast – I am so honoured to work with such amazing talented actors who have exceeded all my expectations.

Rehearsals have been intense, exhausting, inspiring and sometimes we;ve roared with laughter. I appluad them all, my fearless troup and I hope that you, the audience, enjoy the show.

Programme Note #2: Macbeth

The Real Macbeth : Macbeth was a real King of Scotland in the 11th Century, hence the Medieval setting of this play. His 17 year reign was mostly peaceful. Although some of the people did exist:Duncan, Malcol and Macduff for example; Shakespeare based his version on historical accoounts at the time that were inaccurate. It’s no accident that he wrote this play between 1603 – 1606, and King James 1 [King James 6 of Scotland] came to the throne i 1603, after Elizabeth 1, who ordered the execution of James’ mother: Mary Queen of Scots. King James also believedthat he was descended from Banquo.

Shakespeare was clearly politically astute to write of the power of roylaty, and to question a Queen that prioritises ambition and strength, which were seen as unfeminine traits at the time.