"Who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?"
"Life's but a walking shadow, ... It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing"
All was certainly set fair for Shakespeare Live's 26th annual show - Macbeth - in our fourth summer in the splendid setting of Lackham House. A positively sun-kissed rehearsal period set us up for a week of warm and moonlit evenings and allowed our audiences to enjoy this striking and innovative production to the full.
A vibrant mix of Shakespeare Live regulars and some talented and very welcome newcomers to the company combined to breathe life into another vivid and spectacular show. Under the direction of Becky Fradley Stokes we enjoyed a fascinating journey into this dark and unsettling drama, discovering some intriguing and unexpected new angles on a familiar story. The constant, sinister presence of Hecate, her alluring and seductive witches and their attendant sprites set the timeless themes of the play - passion, power, ambition and revenge - within a framework of occult and mysterious forces beyond human control. The traditional Shakespeare Live values of strong acting performances and compelling lighting and sound effects brought all this to life, to the evident delight of large and appreciative audiences throughout the week.