Macbeth

Methought I heard a voice cry, sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep!
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Macbeth

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Fireside Folktales Performance

All hail Macbeth that shalt be King hereafter…”

With these portentous words, the three witches seal the fate of not only the Thane of Glamis himself but also all the others whom Macbeth will dispose of on the way to fulfilling their deadly prophecy. 

Shadow Road brings you the condensed Fireside Folktales version of this widely-studied Shakespeare classic that retells the old story of the 11th Century Scottish King and examines the physical and psychological damage done by political ambition, both to those who seek power for its own sake and to those who get in their way…

Premiered in August 2020, this electrifying new adaptation of Shakespeare’s infamous tragedy promises to be the darkest entry yet in the Fireside Folktales collection. Featuring a certain amount of original material, it nevertheless remains true to its source, both in tone and content.

We can provide creative and educational workshops to accompany this production upon request.

3 witches
Macbeths 2
Macbeth and Duncan
Witches cast spell
Macbeth
The Macbeths
Lady M sleep walking
Gentlewoman
Macbeth & Banquo
Macbeth knighted
Witches from above
3 witches Macbeths 2 Macbeth and Duncan Witches cast spell Macbeth The Macbeths Lady M sleep walking Gentlewoman Macbeth & Banquo Macbeth knighted Witches from above

Audience reviews

Absolutely amazing! Would highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of Shakespeare. Very intimate and well thought out production. In what used to be a male dominated area, these four women played the roles amazingly and with so much talent. Will definitely go to more events in the future!
Courtney Larkin
Audience Member
What a terrific show! I am still replaying in my mind the subtle shifts that all the characters passed through as undreamt of possibilities turned into dreadful realities. The ghost at the feast scene was hugely powerful as Macbeth finally unravelled. An excellent script by Emma King-Farlow and superb performances from this cast of just four. So good to experience the power of live theatre again. Thank you all for working so hard through such restricted times to find a way bring us this magic.
Jane B.
Audience Member
Congratulations again! Excellent job by everyone - the crushed imperious Lady M, the heartbroken Macduff, the suspicious everyman Banquo and the physically and emotionally scarred Macbeth, caught up in a web of self-created torment. Amazing how 4 people can slip into all those roles so perfectly
Matt Bentley
Audience Member

You might like to know…

  • The play runs for around 105 minutes.
     
  • It can be staged either in the open air or indoors. If indoors, it can be performed either in promenade (with the audience following the action from space to space) or end on, with the audience seated.

  • The play includes sword fighting and staged violence.
     
  • Macbeth would be an obvious choice for school groups, many of whom are studying the play as part of the curriculum. It would also be a particularly good choice for Shakespeare-lovers, as an introduction to someone new to Shakespeare, or for anyone looking for some original Halloween entertainment!

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