Sedos present Macbeth at Bridewell Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
SEDOS, the City of London’s premier amateur theatre company, will stage Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Bridewell Theatre, where it is the resident company – from October 29 to November 2, 2013.
If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well it were done quickly.
Widely held to be the most popular and most performed of his tragedies, Macbeth is Shakespeare’s nightmarish picture of a mind and soul torn between ambition and conscience, and the collateral damage caused when ambition gains the upper hand.
Inhabiting a world dominated in equal measure by mortal politicking and supernatural mischief, Sedos’ steampunk interpretation explores the influence of both on Macbeth and his wife’s bloody rise to power and ultimate fall from grace.
Director Chloë Faine explains the fascination of Shakespeare’s darkest protagonist: “How does he arrive at each decision he makes? To what degree is he the architect of his own downfall? Through his journey, what is Shakespeare telling us about leadership, about ambition and about power? The themes in Macbeth are as relevant now as they were when the play was first written.”
Faine is also keen to embrace the presence of the supernatural elements in the text. “Modern interpretations can seem squeamish about the witches, but they must be there for a purpose. Are they the puppet masters their lines suggest? Are they ciphers for the corrupting power of opportunity? This has been great fun to explore with the cast!”
The cast includes Daniel Bogod (as Macbeth), Sarah Peachey (Lady Macbeth), Valerie Antwi, Alex Baker, Doug Baker, Sarah Beebe, James Bretherton, Michaela Chamberlain, Sarah Heenan, Stuart McMillan, Flor Maldjian, Adam Moulder, James Newall, Fran Rafferty, Robert J Stanex, Matt Tylianakis and Chris Warren.
Tickets: £13.50, £11 concessions (Sedos members, children, students, seniors and registered unemployed) – available online at sedos.co.uk/.
Times: Evening performances at 7.30pm; Saturday matineé at 2.30pm.
NB: There will be a special performance on Halloween, with a ghoulish cabaret and Halloween games after the show, as well as a ghoulish cocktail at the interval and a complimentary programme. Tickets: £16, £13.50 concessions.
Charity night (Wednesday, October 30): 50% of proceeds will be donated to Angel Shed, the Sedos Charity of the Year.