Preview: Mark Bruce Company’s Macbeth

Mark Bruce Company Macbeth

Having studied Macbeth (or ‘the Scottish play’ if you are a superstitious actor like me) at school and enjoyed it from the first, I have seen many productions in all shapes and sizes of this, one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays. So, I await with interest the latest interpretation by multi-award winning Mark Bruce Company. This production is described as ‘a striking dance/theatre re-imagining of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of power, corruption, murder.’

The show comes to the Grand Theatre, Blackpool on 17 and 18 April – one of just four UK venues on their Spring tour.

With direction and choreography by visionary artistic director Mark Bruce, a cast of nine outstanding performers and dramatic design by the same creative team behind Dracula and The Odyssey, Mark Bruce Company’s ‘Macbeth’ will realise a beautifully harrowing vision of an internal wasteland formed from the pursuit of power through ruthless means.

Drama, dance and film audiences will be drawn to Bruce’s imaginative vision of the treacherous Macbeths’ toxic world of jealousy, ambition and corruption, set in a supernatural and brutal underworld, both tragic and beautiful, with a horror film atmosphere of menace and murder.

Artistic Director Mark Bruce said: “Macbeth hits you fast, cuts through to the bone, and for me it is the least ambiguous of Shakespeare’s plays. I first read Macbeth as a teenager and returning to it now the images, atmosphere it evokes have not changed. The supernatural is always present, bending our own thoughts and perceptions as well as those of the protagonists.The Macbeths are mere playthings of the evil they set free, and in the madness and emptiness that ensues they become but walking shadows, or, as in my adaptation, simply clowns of sound and fury.”

Beware. Something wicked this way comes.

For more information or to book tickets visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk or call the box office on 01253 290 190.

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