Friday, 1 March 2013

REVIEW: Shakespeare's Macbeth | Nice Swan at People's Theatre, Newcastle

This week, Nice Swan Theatre Company take over the People's Theatre with their production of the Scottish play. No, not a Scottish play. The Scottish play! You know the one...


Okay, there. I said it. Fortunately, no amount of curses could have hindered Nice Swan's performance of the infamous play by William Shakespeare.

The seventeenth-century tragedy tells the tale of Macbeth, who has been informed by three witches that he is prophesied to become King. His uncontrollable ambition for his destiny soon turns his succession to turmoil when he and Lady Macbeth are faced with horrific bloodbath on their hands.

Dale Jewitt and Michaela Forbes are wonderful as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. They bring to life such infamous characters with their intrinsic talents. Certainly the cast in its entirety is overflown with great abilities; it is Charlie Martin's interpretation of the eerie First Witch that leaves audience members stunned in awe.

The script penned in verse is spoken with great beauty. Directed by Lee Rosher, each scene segues effortlessly into the next; and the aesthetics of the staging and set design when unified with costume allows for a thrilling experience like no other.

With a production Shakespeare would be proud of, Nice Swan propels the powerful darkness of the madness of Macbeth with excitement and expertise.


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