The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1320 Friday, 1 June 2001
Date: Thursday, 31 May 2001 09:54:09 -0800
Subject: New Scottish Play at Old Globe
May 31, 2001
Just returned from London after seeing, among other things the Globe's
modernized Macbeth including:
- modern dress- tuxes
- witches with funky glasses moving (dancing...sort of) to jazz
-setting consisting entirely of 11 black chairs and a large,
platform/swing upstage that served as bed/swing, Lady Macbeth's base for
sleepwalking scene, etc.
- witches carried buckets (indicating "life", I guess) into which
stones were tossed around then dropped in the bucket when folks died -
Duncan, Banquo, et. al.
A thoroughly "new" approach with the party hats and kazoo's (used with
great hilarity at the banquet scene) the only really bad choice, in my
judgment. Anxious to read reviews - Lady Macbeth's voice (Eve Best) was
weak and this is a young company although Jasper Britton was fine as
I can imagine the production will cause some consternation.
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