Living With Macbeth, Theatre Preview. Unity Theatre, Liverpool. Friday 7th-Saturday 8th September.
When an actor has played Lear, Hamlet and Macbeth, arguably three of Shakespeare’s most complex and demanding roles, and has proved to be not just good but exceedingly good at his portrayals what happens next?
Living with Macbeth is a psychological story about reminiscence and past glories. When something happens to an actor and he no longer portrays the great written characters of the past, it becomes the story about actors and what they do…and what they shouldn’t do.
Living With Macbeth launched at Threshold Festival in February 2011, then in April of that year became the first theatre production ever to be performed at the legendary Parr Street Studios and this year the renowned Storm Theatre return to their spiritual home of the Unity Theatre as part of their fantastic autumn programme.
The Director, Paul Braithwaite said of the play, “Three years in development, Living with Macbeth started out as something completely different. Originally imagined as a two-man performance of Macbeth in its entirety, we came to realise that we were in fact working on the wrong play. We found, quite by accident, that there was a story to tell concerning an actor’s memories of his life in the theatre, with a particular focus on a performance of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. This study of a troubled mind and the ghosts that still haunt it, is the result of that realisation.”
Tickets for Living With Macbeth can be purchased from the Unity Theatre Box office, on line at www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk or by telephone on 0844 8732888. Tickets are priced at £10. With concessions available.
Ian D. Hall