Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble
The fire burns on stage as the witches sit with a hatch of the stage open, smoke pours out.
Connie Walker, Danielle Kassaraté and Colette McNulty made great witches and these scenes certainly had me on edge.
The whole show had me holding my breath. The fact that I knew what was going to happen didn’t matter, I sat there, with my face pulled closer to the stage as I saw Macbeth (Played by Paul Tinto) pulled closer to his own demise by the insanity and Tinto certainly didn’t downplay the situation, as he spoke to the audience, you feel more and more drawn into the the story and I almost felt that I needed to join him on stage.
The staging was simple, with the focus on MacBeth’s Scottish home, while the largest prop used was a table that seemed to also elevate MacBeth. There were some amazing scenes involving the staging; Banquo (Played by Adam Karim) has an amazing return when he appears to MacBeth, constantly disappearing and reappearing covered in blood, I had a hard time working out how this happened, as he would disappear from one part on the stage and then reappear on another part! It certainly had my heart pumping
The character of Lady Macbeth (played by Phoebe Sparrow) certainly varies throughout the show, with her dramatic beginnings pushing MacBeth. I can’t imagine how she spreads herself over the emotions but Sparrow does an amazing job, even when you see her come out with blood on her hands alongside MacBeth
Rikki Chamberlain’s scene as the porter is certainly the funniest in the show and had us all chuckling even after the recent death, he was brilliant as the comic relief and although I enjoyed the whole show, part of me want to go back just to see this as he refuses to open the door with commentary to the audience.
The fighting scenes were wonderful, with Macbeth and Macduff (Played by Ewan Somers) sword fighting over the table. This was another scene that had me holding my breath throughout
The night was a fantastic and dramatic show, with times of shock, laughter and excitement. Even though I knew the story it had me on the edge of my seat throughout. The Queen’s Theatre has done it again and I can only say thank you to the co-producers at Derby Theatre. With their help The Queen’s Theatre is performing a vital act of opening access to Shakespeare’s works
MacBeth continues at The Queen’s Theatre until the 29th February, Derby Theatre 3 March 2020 – 14 March 2020 and then will also appear at Wolsey and Perth Theatre