Macbeth: Sleep No More

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

BREAKING NEWS! Shadow Road Productions is going to Edinburgh Fringe!! Get your tickets here:
Macbeth 6-12 August
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-12 August

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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
The Macbeths
Lady M sleep walking
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 - No.36
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 - No.36
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 - No.36
Fabulous production of Macbeth by Fireside Folktales. I was actually on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen 😂The final fight scene was awesome. Shame it was the last performance of the run. Can't wait to see what they'll do with A Christmas Carol later in the year.
Ruth Brandt
Audience Member - Coach & Horses
Great performers & great acting. Really enjoyed the show
Emilia, Edward & Co.
Audience Member - Southside House
An amazing performance
Angela, Matt and Sophie Goodman
Audience Member - Southside House
Great production of Macbeth in the garden this evening. So clever to adapt the script and for just four taking all the parts. It stripped the play back to its core which made the account of ambition and the cycle of violence even more powerful. Many thanks for bringing back live theatre!
James Hutchings
Audience Member - No.36
A dramatic performance that was so intimate that you felt part of the play as if you were in it. The music was so beautiful that travelled the whole room! Thank you for an amazing performance. X
Audience Member - Southside House
What a terrific performance in a wonderful setting. Congratulations!
Audience Member - Southside House
Thank you so much - we loved your performance
Nelly Munthe
Audience Member - Southside House
Fabulous show and triumphant opening! It was wonderful! So good. So many brilliant touches. Macbeth's slow descent was so good, trying to fix his position and becoming more and more brutal. I don't think I've seen that so clearly before. We have bought tickets to see it again!
J. Bolger
Audience Member - No.36
This was a most excellent performance. Well done!
Audience Member - Southside House
Many congratulations and very best wishes for the future.
Audience Member - Southside House
Beautiful show in a beautiful house
Bella Brown
Audience Member - Southside House
Great show and amazing house!
Rosoe Speed
Audience Member - Southside House
Wonderful performance. More please
Ewa Cobham
Audience Member - Southside House
That was my first time understanding Shakespeare!
Gary B.
Audience Member - No.36
What a fantastic show, we were lucky enough to catch last night's performance at the Coach & Horses. Such a lovely entertaining evening. Well done Emma, Amy, Carly and Sarah x
Dawn Guler
Audience Member - Coach & Horses
This is a great show, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Do go and see it.
Andrew Hale
Audience Member
A truly wonderful performance! I will always remember this special day.
T. Coulson
Audience Member - Southside House
Loved it!
Audience Member - Southside House
We loved the chemistry between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth! Great show!
Audience Member - The Turbine Theatre
It's so lovely to be here tonight, in this lovely garden and enjoying the best of everything. That during the pandemic we can still see live theatre, thank you very much.
Audience Member - No.36
A special evening, really brilliant
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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