THE modern-day "soap opera" of Shakespeare's famous Scottish play is to come alive in the hands of Nice Swan Theatre Company next month.
Macbeth is being staged at the People’s Theatre in Newcastle, where the local, non-profit student production company has already enjoyed success with such wide-ranging fare as Spring Awakening, Hair, The Crucible and A Streetcar Named Desire.
Their past work also includes a version of Shakespeare’s As You Like It set in Newcastle’s Bigg Market.
But this time around, Nice Swan is sticking closely to the tragedy’s original text, while promoting its relevance to modern times.
It says that the journey which each character embarks upon twists like any modern soap opera, especially that of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, whose relationship is “one of theatre’s most compelling gender power struggles”.
Director Lee Rosher added: ‘This ensemble retelling of the play aims to transport the audience back to an age where madness rules, men were embroiled in a constant war between their own desires and honour, and women were far more powerful than ever given credit for.”
With its themes tackling ambition, power, jealousy and guilt, plus dramatic sword fighting and ghostly appearances, all played out against a classic backdrop, the hope is that this is a production which will have appeal for all and be accessible to all.
Its producer, Jamie Gray, who is also the company’s managing director, said: “Our productions are always well attended by the North East theatre fans and this one in particular is proving very popular with the local schools as it appears throughout the school curriculum.”
Macbeth can be seen at the People’s Theatre in Stephenson Road, Newcastle, at 7.30pm nightly from February 27 until March 1. Visit www.ptag.org.uk or call 0191 265 5020 for ticket details.