Flabbergast Theatre presents

Macbeth

by William Shakespeare
14 MAR - 8 APR 2023

Ticket Prices:
£25.50 / £20.50 concessions / £16 previews

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In this classic tale of greed and guilt, Flabbergast’s Macbeth fuses a rigorous and respectful approach to text and storytelling to bring a magical, lucid interpretation of Shakespeare’s blood-soaked tragedy to life.

Playing to their strengths and background in puppetry, clown, mask, ensemble and physical theatre, Flabbergast have developed their first narrative text based production (after extensive R&D with Wilton’s Music Hall London and Grotowski Institute Poland). They present the bard’s original text accompanied by and supported with exhilarating live music to produce a provocative and enjoyably accessible show.

The beautifully performed music and vocal work combine into a powerful live soundscape creating an atmosphere that both compliments and juxtaposes the action. With a stripped back set, and an aesthetically arresting design, the tightknit ensemble of actors performs a dark and visceral manifestation of the work’s essence and underlaying themes.

Flabbergast gives us an instinctive interpretation of Shakespeare’s most wretched tragedy, working to draw out the parallels with modern society. At its heart, the dominant recurring theme and fundamental narrative that powers The Tragedy of Macbeth is the masculine fear of feminine power; and in this sense, the play is as pertinent today as it has ever been.

This timeless work examines what it meant to be a man, and what it meant to be a woman and underscores the social contracts between the two that dictate the actions of the protagonists. The notion that gender is a social construct, is never more clear than during Lady Macbeth’s “unsex me here” soliloquy, as she fights to set aside her feminine role, lest it hinder her dark ambitions. And the witches – who can appear as crones or maids – embody the power which threatened the patriarchal establishment.

A performance for both new and established theatregoers to enjoy, Flabbergast’s Shakespeare is for everyone, a visceral and eloquent retelling of Shakespeare’s imbrued tale of vicissitude.

★★★★ “Is as captivating as it is unsettling.” The Telegraph

★★★ “This is an exciting and vital interpretation of Macbeth which serves to invigorate one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays with a new intensity.” British Theatre Guide

Details

Theatre: The Large

Mon – Sat: 7.30pm

Tue & Sat: 3pm

Running Time: 120 minutes.

No readmission.

We strongly advise that you arrive early and take your seats in advance of the start time as there is a no latecomers policy.

This production contains stylised violence and depictions of murder.

Please note, Macbeth contains brief periods of loud live drumming. Ear plugs will be available at the box office if required.

There will be a post-show Q&A with members of the company after the 3pm performance on Tuesday 21st March.

The Company

Henry Maynard
DIRECTOR & DESIGNER
Matej Matejka
MOVEMENT
Adam Clifford
MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS
Rachel Shipp
LIGHTING DESIGNER

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