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Macbeth - Cockpit Theatre

Macbeth

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

INFINITE Space Theatre is presenting a contemparary version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Cockpit Theatre – from Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Since the start of the current recession in 2008, the UK banking sector has come under intense scrutiny from the media, politicians and the public. From bank failures to inflated bonuses, rogue trading and financial mis-selling on a massive scale, scandals in the Square Mile have left many of us wondering what really goes on behind the City’s closed doors.

Is it just the behaviour of the few which is corrupt? Or has the need to advance one’s own position by any means and screw the consequences for others become endemic in modern business culture?

Macbeth‘s themes of ambition, prophecy and power-lust are as relevant today as they were 400 years ago when Shakespeare wrote the play.

Set in the offices of the investment bank Dunsinane Hill Ltd, this production explores what might become the norm if current trends are left unchecked.

Dunsinane Hill is facing an imminent hostile takeover by its progressive rivals, Birnam Wood Plc. Even though it has a determined MD, Duncan’s backward and autocratic leadership style leave him exposed to disloyalty and mutiny. Macbeth, despite his ambition, is not yet ready for the top job. However, Siward, Birnam Wood’s ambitious young female leader, is.

As Macbeth and Lady Macbeth unravel under the consuming force of greed and determination, Hecate and her journalist witches snoop and report on the proceedings. But can they be trusted in an era of phone hacking and press scandals?

Nick Hastings directs a cast that includes Steven Maddocks (as Macbeth), Danielle Stagg (Lady Macbeth), Fran Trewin (Macduff), Ian Grant (Banquo), Elizabeth Kingsman (Fleance), Michael Mayne (Duncan), Thom Petty (Malcolm), Victoria Claringbold (Donalbain), Kathrine Harvey (Ross), Emma Pleass (Lennox), Miranda Colmans (1st Witch), Tim Colmans (2nd Witch/Porter), Rachel Summers (3rd Witch), Esther Eden (Hecate), Ariane Thornton-Mason (Siward) and Kayne McCutcheon (Seyton).

Infinite Space Theatre was established in 2012 to produce innovative yet accessible productions of classic texts.

Tickets: £14/£11 – available from the box office on 020 7258 2925 or online at www.thecockpit.org.uk/.

Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm.