The opening night production of the Festival season set things off to a great start. We liked the dress rehearsal, but the opening night production was so much tighter, with better timing and great performances. As usual Antoni Cimolino, the director, has managed to present a play in which the language is clear and the actors are comfortable telling the story. It never ceases to amaze me that I can see a play several times and notice something new each time. This is especially true in a Cimolino production, where there are no throw away lines.
The cast was very strong. Ian Lake and Krystin Pellerin were a believable Lord and Lady Macbeth, rushing headlong to their mutual destruction. The chemistry between the two was palpable. At one point I felt like shouting “get a room!”
This was a production in which magic was real and witches and ghosts walked the stage. The witches were fantastic and Brigit Wilson, Ijeoma Emesowum and Louise Antoine Shelley hit all the right notes, creepy and malevolent but not evil. I especially liked their disappearance – at one exit they just vanished!
Many other strong performances made even the smallest parts alive and important. There were too many to mention, but note must be made of Sarah Afful as Lady Macduff and Michael Blake as Macduff. Scott Wentworth as Banquo, Antoine Yared as Malcolm and Joseph Ziegler as Duncan were also great. Peter Hutt took the prize for the most parts – presenting three characters who were small but important, the Bloody Sargeant, the Second Murderer and Old Siward.
Critics are giving the production four star reviews. All deserved.