Macbeth at Wales Millenium Centre - Review
*Ad- press tickets, all opinions are 100% honest and my own
I have a confession to make , please don't judge me .....I've never read Macbeth.I've never watched a performance of any description of Macbeth.In fact when I was asked to review this production I googled the synopsis of it so I would have some idea what to expect ( I did a similar thing years ago with Madame Butterfly)
''A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.''..........Wikipedia
The National Theatres production ; directed by Rufus Norris is set in a post- apocalyptic world that is wonderfully displayed on stage with the use of some fantastic movable scenery- love the bridge - as well as an atmospheric mist and superb lighting (Paul Pyant and his team) add to this the marvelously ethereal soundtrack ( composed by Orlando Gough and Marc Tritschiler) and Macbeth is every bit as gutterall and dark as you would expect .
Michael Nardone as Macbeth is egged on by the bad and,eventually, mad Lady Macbeth played by Kirsty Besterman - I I loved their chemistry , especially their passion towards each other whether in a kiss or in anger!
I have to say that the highlight for me was everytime the witches( Evelyn Roberts, Elizabeth Chan, Olivia Sweeney) made an appearance- I loved the eeriness of their speech, the almost floating movement of them as they appeared and disappeared - I thought the climbing and subsequent descending from the poles either side of the stage added to horror of them .
For a fabulous insight into the work involved in this production I recommend The National Theatres Macbeth Educational Pack
Macbeth is on till March 23rd - Tickets available here
So if you're a fan of The Bard - or even if you aren't ....Come Along!