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Everyman Theatre, Liverpool
May 6 – June 11

Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Gemma Bodinetz
Producer: Everyman Playhouse
Cast Includes: David Morrissey, Julia Ford, Ken Bradshaw, Richard Bremmer, Eileen O’Brien, Neil Caple, Gillian Kearney, Shaun Mason

Running Time: 2 hrs 45

‘Macbeth' promotional advert 2011

Everyman Liverpool Playhouse official website

If this fabulously captivating production of Macbeth has been designed as a grand last hurrah for the old Everyman, the new improved theatre will certainly have to go some to live up to it’s standards as the magnitude of the duplicity, deceit and wanton lust for power is established as soon as the lights dim as a superb cast not only embrace their roles, but also the reputation of this grand old theatre.

A dark, creaking set made up of winding staircases leading to unseen rooms, leaking pipes and rusted metal doorways all generate an atmosphere of doom that surrounds the bloody goings on, with Director Gemma Bodinetz wringing every ounce of emotion from everything at her disposal. From a clever use of video to the tiniest detail concerning Macbeth’s demise, nothing is overlooked and all add to the spectacle. 

Of course the secret of staging a successful Macbeth lies with the ability of its cast to deliver the goods and in David Morrissey and Julia Ford – drafted in just three weeks earlier following Jemma Redgrave’s retraction – the Everyman has struck gold, with Morrissey’s each and every word and nuance near perfect, and Ford’s ability to eek out gentleness, duplicity and insanity with equal power, mesmerising.

Ken Bradshaw as Banquo, Neil Caple as Lennox, Richard Bremmer as Duncan and Eileen O’Brien as Seyton all turn in fine performances, whereas younger cast members Shaun Mason and Gillian Kearney must both be salivating at the prospect of the new improved Everyman opening in 2013, for theirs is the future. What’s done might very well be done for The Everyman as it stands, but tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow certainly look bright judging by the outstanding quality of this production.

Chris High

Photos © Helen Warner

Julia Ford as Lady Macbeth and David Morrissey as Macbeth © Helen Warner David Morrissey as Macbeth © Helen Warner

Everyman Liverpool Playhouse official website



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