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Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Silhouette of a man and woman in woods at night

This contemporary take on Shakespeare's classic story of 'vaulted ambition' examines the bloodied consequences of a single-minded quest for power, and asks if it is ever possible to escape one's fate.

Focusing on the power-play between Lord and Lady Macbeth and the title character’s own unravelling conscience, director Ashley Zhangazha’s fresh interpretation of one of the world’s best-known plays explores power, humanity and the supernatural, and the role of fate versus self-determination.

Please note this production contains adult content including violence, blood, themes of child mortality, depictions of death, scenes of a sexual nature and scenes relating to mental illness and self-harm. There will also be strobe lighting, haze, on-stage smoking, explosions and loud noises.

Approximate running time: 1 hour 20 minutes, no interval

Presented by Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Creative team & Cast

by William Shakespeare

Ashley Zhangazha director
Libby Watson set & costume designer
Nick Peel lighting designer
Rakhee Sharma movement director
Jonathan Waller fight director
Lucy Fennell intimacy director
Alex Groves composer
Takiyah Campbell sound designer
Ryan Samuel Davies video designer
Raphaella Philcox associate designer
Simon Money company voice work

Cast, in order of appearance:

Witch Westerfield Oreoluwa Ibikunle Shoderu
King Duncan/Murderer/Siward Arnold Patrick Lumu
Malcolm/Fleance Obadiah
Macduff Curt Ray
Macbeth Sachin Krishan Sharma
Banquo/Caithness Prince Owusu
Ross Abdul Sessay
Lady Macbeth/Lady Macduff Evie Ward-Drummond
Porter Joseph Clark

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