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New Scottish Play at Old Globe
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1320  Friday, 1 June 2001

From:           Larry Soller <
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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
band
     -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
Macbeth.

I can imagine the production will cause some consternation.

Larry Soller
Phoenix College

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