Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare’s darkest and bloodiest plays, spinning an intricate yarn of murder, betrayal and paranoia. Fans of the Bard’s tragedies, then, should be pleased to hear that a major new production is about to grace the London stage.
The reconstructed Globe theatre in Southwark serves as venue for this gripping slice of Renaissance theatre, which will employ authentic period costumes and staging techniques – meaning crowds will get to see the Scottish play exactly as Jacobean audiences might have experienced it four centuries ago.
Macbeth tells the tale of the eponymous nobleman, a virtuous general and a favourite of King Duncan, who encounters a trio of Highland witches that tell him he’ll shortly ascend to the throne. Spurred on by the ambitious Lady Macbeth, he decides he’s bound by fate to murder the king – but his transformation into a usurping tyrant takes a huge toll on his mental health.
Driven mad by guilt and convinced that Duncan’s faithful are plotting revenge, Macbeth embarks upon a campaign of bloodshed that steadily builds towards a brutal confrontation with rival Macduff.
The Globe’s production launches this Saturday (June 22nd). It will run until October, with evening performances typically beginning at 6:30pm or 7:30pm depending on the day. Afternoon matinees are also available, kicking off at 1pm or 2pm. A full list of planned performances can be found on the theatre’s website.
Tickets cost just £5 for those willing to stand in the yard like a 17th century rabble. Those wishing to sit in one of the Globe’s three raised galleries can expect to pay between £15 and £39 for the privilege.
Built in the late 1990s, Shakespeare’s Globe is located in Southwark – a stone’s throw from where the Bard’s original playhouse stood until it was destroyed by fire in 1614. Those booked into hotel accommodation in London this summer should find the venue easy to reach. The closest tube stops are St Paul’s, London Bridge and Blackfriars.