A new student production, chronicling the mythical rise and fall of Scotland’s ambitious nobleman and short-lived King, considers how he may have been affected as a consequence of witnessing the horrors of war.
The University’s Thespian Society has chosen, unusually, to speculate on Macbeth’s mental state, as he returns from successive conflicts. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the charity, Mind.
The production is set in the immediate aftermath of the World War One, in the heady days of the Roaring Twenties, but all is not as it seems. Although faithful to Shakespeare’s text, there are some surprises in store. The audience will see a female Banquo, a male witch and there are some extraordinary twists.
Performances take place from 7.30pm on March 10, 11 and 12 in the Beswick Building on the Parkgate Road Campus in Chester. The show on each night starts at 7:30pm.
Tickets, priced £5 for adults and £3 for all students and concessions (under 16s and pensioners) can be bought online via http://shop.chestersu.com/macbeth-2044-p.asp
Macbeth signifies the beginning of the University’s Shakespeare @ 400 season, which will continue throughout 2016, marking the quadricentennial commemoration of the death of the Bard.