Macbeth

Having just seen Kenneth Brannagh’s stupendous production of this play, the bar was set very high. This production did not come near the Brannagh level, but it was a decent effort. The staging was clear, the speeches understandable and the witches were suitably evil. 

Lady Macbeth, played by Tina Mitchell, was very good. Her descent into madness was believable and pitiful. 

Macbeth (Terence MacSweeney) himself was the weakest performance. He just did not appear credible as a great warrior. 

Macduff is often a hard role. If the actor does not manage to exhibit the right anguish at the news of the death of his family, the moment can descend into farce. Fortunately, Ross Helwig nailed it.

 

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Macbeth

  1. keithhpotter says:

    I think Brannagh’s Macbeth was interesting more than stupendous (I’d be more willing to apply that adjective to the Stewart version we saw in NY).
    Anyway, this version showed the same much improved direction from last year as Shrew, but it is hard to have a successful Macbeth without a strong Macbeth. MacSweeney might be fine in other roles but here he couldn’t make the warrior come alive; he was just a wimp pushed into things by his wife. A pity, as, again the play was well edited and directed and the other major roles were well played.
    Nevertheless, I think we’ll see next year’s Winterfest productions (if the company survives).

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