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|Subtitle:||Monday 14th - Saturday 19th May 2012|
|Author:||Bingley Little Theatre |
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BINGLEY LITTLE THEATRE
Directed by JONATHAN SCOTT
Monday 14th - Saturday 19th May 2012 at 7.30pm
At Bingley Arts Centre, Main Street, Bingley
Tickets: Adults £6.00; Concessions £4.00
Call the Box Office on 01274 519814
Bingley Little Theatre’s 64th season continues with and action packed and exciting rendition of Macbeth, Shakespeare’s tragedy about the lust for power and its bloody repercussions. The production opens on Monday 14 May and runs until Saturday 19 May at Bingley Arts Centre.
What do our audiences like? Thrillers, murders, magic and the metaphysical, the unexpected, shock, drama and comedy - this play has all these and more! There are no convoluted story lines and plot twists here - just a straightforward tale of ambition, power, love, fate and death. There are so many new faces on stage and it’s also good to see such a wide age range, Mary Newton, at 92 is reprising her part of a witch in 1949, 63 years on!
Macbeth, (considered the most concise yet darkest of Shakespeare’s four tragedies), tells the tale of the heroic Scottish general, and his successful but ill-fated quest for the throne of Scotland. In the play, Macbeth (Paul Chewins) and fellow general Banquo (David Elder) are visited by three witches (Mary Newton, Jacqueline Scott and Selena Johal), who prophesy that Macbeth will become Thane (Lord) of Cawdor and then King of Scotland. As the first part of the prophesies begin to come true, Lady Macbeth (Louise Button) persuades her husband to murder King Duncan (Peter Hall) and become King sooner - rather than later. This bloody deed sets off a series of more bloody deeds, as Macbeth’s ambition and quest for power grows. Believing to be invincible, Macbeth faces off with MacDuff (Mervyn Button), and is ultimately decapitated (or meets his timely end) – his gory head brandished by MacDuff.
Direct Jonathan Scott says:
‘My initial reaction, when asked to direct Macbeth, was one of elation. I love Shakespeare and this is, in my opinion, one of his best plays, in that it has such a strong story.
There are those who have a pathological dislike for all things bardic, those who openly acknowledge that they have no idea what the plays and words mean, those who expect Shakespeare to be performed in a certain way, others who expect each production to be different and those who will always question your ideas.
So, I decided that our production should concentrate on the core themes and would be much more effective that way than trying to achieve some deeper, more subjective meaning.’
‘I have been blessed with some brilliant actors and technical staff in this production and thank them all for working with me and for achieving all that they have:
On stage we have such BLT stalwarts as Paul Chewins, Mervyn Button, Phil, Graeme and Joann Holbrough, Peter Hall, David Thomas, Jacqueline Scott, Gilly Rogers, Ian Wilkinson and Mary Newton. It is great to welcome back Louise Button as Lady Macbeth, plus David Thomas, Andy Bailey, Frank Etchells, Phil Jordan, Gerard Kennedy, James Margerrison, Stephen Mason, Josh Breeze and Tony Reavill. And from our Junior Kaleidoscope group we have Oliver Ribchester, Gabriel Bowden and Christian Beaumont.
New to BLT are Ned Sproston as Malcolm and David Edler as Banquo. Behind the scenes we have a wonderful crew with a terrific set designed by Nick Simpson, lights and effects by Tanya Gillow and Jim Brooks, Wardrobes by Jenny Reavill and Nadine Walker and props by Pauline Randle plus many more who have done so much.’
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