Friday, 21 June 2013

Macbeth (theatre)

Macbeth in Manchester is the subject of today's blog as the next NTLive screening at Cineworld is to be Kenneth Branagh's version of the Shakespeare classic. Branagh is to star as Macbeth with Alex Kingston as his Lady Macbeth. He has also co-directed together with Rob Ashford and will write the feem toon and sing the feem toon (Sorry, you'll need to be a Little Britain fan for that to make any sense!). The production is to take place within a deconsecrated church as part of the Manchester International Festival and there is much excitement with tickets selling out amazingly quickly as this will be Branagh's first stage appearance in a Shakespeare play for over a decade. He last appeared as Richard III at the Sheffield Crucible in 2002.

The play's last appearance locally was the EODS Italian Gardens performance last summer. The dark tragedy tells of a Scottish general, Macbeth, who believes a prophecy told to him by three witches that he will one day become King. Macbeth hastens his fate by killing the incumbent King Duncan but is then driven to extreme tyranny to retain his crown. Wracked by guilt and paranoia and urged on by his wife, Lady Macbeth, he murders again and again in order to protect hs position.

Cineworld, Sat 20th Jul, 20:30.
Tickets £14.20 adult, £12.10 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000 or in person from the foyer.