Tag: Macbeth

Arts, Venue

Macbeth, Norwich Theatre Royal

Blue backlights flood through open doorways. Against it, the silhouettes of soldiers stand to attention. From the moment it begins, The Watermill Theatre’s interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is bleak and mystical, translating the otherworldliness of eleventh-century Scotland into a modern-day military base. In this delightfully diverse and gender-blind adaptation directed by Paul Hart, each…

Arts

Review: ETO’s Macbeth at the Norwich Theatre Royal

The English Touring Opera, ‘the leading touring opera company in the UK’, are currently performing three productions, including Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth. Verdi’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s play premiered in Florence, 1847; a revised version was then first performed in Paris in 1865. Having never read Macbeth (I know, I know) or even heard of Verdi (classical…

Features

Christopher Eccleston

This year’s Norwich Film Festival kicked off in style with a screening of Danny Boyle’s deliciously dark 1994 debut film Shallow Grave, followed by star Christopher Eccleston in conversation with The Guardian’s chief film critic Peter Bradshaw. The first actor to step into the role when the series was rebooted in 2005, a certain percentage…

Arts

Venue goes backstage: Macbeth at the Norwich Theatre Royal

Last spring one of the UK’s most reputable theatre institutions, the National Theatre, staged a new production of Macbeth, Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy. Directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Rufus Norris, the production had a sold-out run in London and is now on a national tour, stopping at Norwich’s Theatre Royal from 30th October to 3rd…

Arts

Review: Macbeth at the Norwich Theatre Royal

‘Now, after a civil war’; The provocative setting for Rufus Norris’s controversial adaptation of Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, Macbeth. Set in a 2020s dystopian Scotland, this touring National Theatre production relies heavily on the spectacle of its disjointed design and political undertones, causing this seemingly exciting and interesting production to become a bad mixture of unclear…

Film, OldVenue

Review: Macbeth

Everyone remembers reading Shakespeare at school and each of us will have had varying experiences (mainly terrible experiences, right?). Men in tights speaking a language nobody understands whilst a teacher tells you that this is the most important literary work since, well, ever. However, presented in the right way Shakespeare can meet all of the…

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