Shakespeares infamous Macbeth comes to the Nottingham stage as part of a national tour by the National Theatre. Tragedy it is said follows the production, some even utter the term “cursed” in relation to this play. Carrying the superstition throughout the 4 centuries since its first inception. One that still haunts! Rufus Norris’ take on the
The sound drawing upon clarinet and low-deep horn. Tracing the moments subtly, rather than bombastic. On a dominating set designed by Rae Smith, black trees of shredded bin liners sway in the swirling mists, an innovative bridge extending into the background, holding centre and moving left to right creating smaller enclosed tight box environments for the cast to gather. Beginning with nimble rain-macked witches wielding strange prophecies. Costumes compromised of combat gear, strapped armour and layered dust coats convey the scavenger-Mad Max like atmosphere. For the squeamish may wish to cover their eyes the show opening brings the brutality home with a graphic first decapitation of the night by Macbeth, a man of conviction portrayed sternly on stage by grizzled veteran Michael Nardone. I did struggle to understand his horror and disgust at the blood on his hands, once he kills the king. Despite being a murderer in the opening. Nardone delivers great performance throughout. Especially playing opposite Ross
Lady Macbeth, (Kirsty Besterman) was a struggle to find her intentions. Enticing towards murderous actions, but equally trying to convey she has a victim-like conscience. Encouraging drastic choices for her husband to commit, for which she had to complete. Only to illicit sympathy from
Patrick Robinsons Banquo performance delivered with precision and commitment befitting Shakespeare proud. Would personally like to hear more of his work in a more traditional William penned work. Tom
The emotional moment at the death of a lead in the first act drew the 2 girls to my right to tears. T
An exciting up and close personal sword fighting finale with fight direction from Kev McCurdy. Brings the show to its penultimate moment, before a brutal ending for the title character on
National Theatres Macbeth is at the Nottingham Theatre Royal. Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26th January 2019.
Tickets available from the Box office and available to book online TRCH.co.uk