From the 2013-2014 Season:
Playing April 05, 2014 to May 04, 2014
$15 General Admission Previews Thurs April 3 & Friday April 4
No Performance Easter Sunday April 20
No Performance Easter Sunday April 20
Witches … prophecy … greed … desire for power … a wife’s yearnings … which is it that seals the tragic fate of Macbeth and his country? Journey to Scotland for this haunting tale. Macbeth is sure to thrill and to chill.
A part of The Shakespeare Evolution Series!
Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday April 13 after the show!
Read the Plot Synopsis
Upon a “blasted heath” near Forres, three Witches, Weird Sisters, meeting the King of Scotland’s generals, Macbeth and Banquo, hail Macbeth in a triple prophecy, ending with the promise of kingship. Banquo is told that he “shall get kings, though thou be none”. After King Duncan has made him Thane of Cawdor (as the Witches promised), Macbeth knows that he and his unflinching wife are ambitious for the greater honour. She drives him onward; and that night he murders the sleeping King, their guest at the castle of Dunsinane. At dawn (Act II) Macduff and Lennox discover the murder, assumed to be by the King’s sons, Donalbain and Malcolm, who fly for safety. Macbeth goes to Forres to be crowned. Remembering the Witches’ prophecies, he has Banquo killed (Act III), but Banquo’s son Fleance escapes; that night Banquo’s ghost appears to Macbeth at a state banquet.
Macbeth goes (Act IV) to the Witches’ “pit of Acheron”, where he hears that he must beware Macduff, that he is to fear no man born of woman, and that he will remain unvanquished until Birnam Wood has come to Dunsinane. Macduff, meanwhile, has joined Malcolm in England, where he hears that in Fife the tyrant has had his family murdered. Revenge will follow. At Dunsinane (Act V) Lady Macbeth, burdened by guilt, reveals much during her sleepwalking (“Infected minds,” says the doctor, “to their deep pillows will discharge their secrets”). Malcolm’s invading army advances under the shelter of branches from Birnam Wood; Macbeth, who has just learned of his wife’s suicide (“She should have died hereafter”), hears that Birnam Wood is indeed coming towards Dunsinane. Trusting desperately to the charmed life that “must not yield to one of woman born”, he faces in battle Macduff, who cries to him: “Let the angel whom thou still hast serv’d/Tell thee Macduff was from his mother’s womb/Untimely ripp’d”./ Macbeth is slain and Malcolm hailed as King of Scotland.
-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin
Directed by Troy Willis
Act One: 75 min / Act two 50 min
April 5-May 4, 2014
Duncan - Clarke Weigle
Malcolm - Chris Rushing
Donalbain - Kathryn Lawson
Macbeth - Jacob York
Banquo - Matt Nitchie
Fleance - Hayley Platt
Macbeth’s Lady - Veronika Duerr*
Macduff - Paul Hester*
Macduff’s Lady - Dani Herd
Lennox - Mary Ruth Ralston
Ross - J. Tony Brown*
Angus - Matt Felten
Caithness - Clarke Weigle
Siward - J. Tony Brown*
Young Siward - Kathryn Lawson
Young Macduff - Hayley Platt
The Weird Sisters - Dani Herd, Amanda Lindsey, Hayley Platt
Porter - Joshua Diboll
Old Man - Clarke Weigle
Scottish Doctor - Matt Nitchie
English Doctor - Clarke Weigle
Murderers - Joshua Diboll, Matt Felten, Vinnie Mascola
Gentlewoman - Amanda Lindsey
Seyton - Joshua Diboll
Bleeding Captain - Mary Ruth Ralston
Hecate - Joshua Diboll
Show of Kings - Paul Hester*, Chris Rushing, Clarke Weigle, J. Tony Brown*, Mary Ruth Ralston, Matt Felten
Bardometer RatingHow difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?
You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!
A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.