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MACBETH - anyone know of a production this summer or autumn - preferably London/home counties/midlands?

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fortyplus Mon 20-Jul-09 10:58:40

ds1 will be studying Macbeth for GCSE so I thought it would be a great excuse to take him to see it.

Thanks smile

DLI Mon 20-Jul-09 18:51:08

Sorry, dont know of any productions on in the London area but i do know there was a tv production released on video (a long time ago) which i had to watch when i did my GCSE as it was one of the core books we had to learn. It is very "cheesy" but did help me understand the book better.

fortyplus Mon 20-Jul-09 23:41:26

Thank you for that, I presume that was the one with Judy Dench as Lady Macbeth? There's a Polish outdoor production in London in a couple of weeks with armies of motorbikes and witches on stilts, but unfortunately we'll be away.

PadDad Mon 20-Jul-09 23:55:44

Best film version is "Macbeth on the Estate". It's all on YouTube.

There's other TV & Film versions starring
1. Sean Pertwee and Greta Scachi
2. Anthony Sher
3. Jason Connery and Helen Baxendale
4. Jon Finch and Francesca Annis (15/18 rated?)
5. Orson Welles
6. James McAvoy

Macbeth on Stage

Love and Madness. Riverside Studios, London, 20 May – 26 July (020 8237 1111). http://www.loveandmadness.org/

Pendley Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Stephen Artus. Pendley Manor Hotel, Tring, 11 - 15 August (booking info tbc). www.pendleyshakespearefestival.co.uk

Adaptations

New
Macbeth. Shakespeare 4 Kidz. Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 8-11 September; Palace Theatre, Manchester, 14-15 September; Coronation Hall, Ulverston, 16 Sept; Sands Centre, Carlisle, 17 Sept; Grand Theatre, Lancaster, 18 Sept; Middlesborough Theatre, 21-25 Sept; Grimsby Auditorium, 28 Sept; Albert Halls, Bolton, 29 Sept; St George’s Hall, Bradford, 30 Sept; Sunderland Empire Theatre, 1 October; The Dome, Doncaster, 2 Oct; Dorking Halls, 5-6 Oct; Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 7 Oct; Theatre Royal, Norwich, 8-9 Oct; White Rock Theatre, Hastings, 12 Oct; Playhouse, Harlow, 13 Oct; Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, 19-20 Oct; Radlett Centre, Herts, 21-22 Oct; De Monfort Hall, Leicester, 26 Oct; Princess Theatre, Torquay, 2 November; Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, 3-4 Nov; Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 6 Nov; New Theatre, Oxford, 9 Nov; Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 10 Nov; Orchard Theatre, Dartford, 11 Nov; Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 12 Nov; Theatre Royal, Margate, 13 Nov; Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, 16-17 Nov; Beck Theatre, Hayes, 18 Nov; Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 19 Nov; Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, 20 Nov; Embassy Theatre, Skegness, 23 Nov; Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 24 Nov. www.shakespeare4kidz.com

Max and Beth by Lowkey. YPT Urban Arts. The Egg, Bath, 24 – 25 July (01225 823409 / 448844). ‘Lord of the Flies meets Shakespeare in this unflinching tale of teenage drug-pushers and knife-crime in an adult-less world. Written entirely in modern rhyme, Max & Beth is the debut play from acclaimed UK rapper Lowkey. Following a sold-out run at the egg last year this acclaimed production of Macbeth returns with a mix of street dance, rap and gritty drama and is performed by the egg’s Urban Arts Company – a partnership with Black Families Education Support Group.’

The Wyrd Sisters adapted by Stephen Briggs from the novel by Terry Pratchett. Twyford & Rushcombe Theatre Group, Loddon Hall, Twyford. 8 - 10 October. (0845 450 1308).

The Wyrd Sisters adapted by Stephen Briggs from the novel by Terry Pratchett. Thurrock Courts Players, Thameside Theatre, Grays, 15 - 17 October (0845 300 5264).

fortyplus Tue 21-Jul-09 01:01:44

Wow that's fantastic PadDad! I had no idea Pendley were doing Macbeth this year - it's only 15 mins up the road from us. smile

fortyplus Tue 21-Jul-09 01:10:11

This is the Polish production but we're on holiday

streakybacon Tue 21-Jul-09 08:28:29

The Shakespeare 4 Kidz productions are very good, and the teacher resources on the website have comprehension exercises to aid understanding (although they might be a bit basic for GCSE level) and some online games. They're doing Macbeth this autumn.

Cesario Tue 21-Jul-09 08:32:08

The Polish production is amazing! I saw it two years ago in Edinburgh.

I would not bother with 4Kidz at any age, just because they cannot spell! and from what I have seen of them they are very average and will not help GCSE.

Isn't it strange that is not much about now.

If you get get to the Fringe you will ahve a few to choose from

fortyplus Thu 23-Jul-09 23:56:57

I must admit I had seen the Shakespeare 4 Kidz ones and decided they were not what I was looking for.

I've just booked tickets for Pendley Theatre Co. For anyone within striking distance of Tring, Herts, the Pendley theatre is great.

They're doing 2 outdoor Shakespeare productions over the summer holidays - Macbeth and Midsummer Night's Dream.

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