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By William Shakespeare
Cheek by Jowl
Directed by Declan Donnellan
Designed by Nick Ormerod
From Olivier Award-winning company Cheek by Jowl (Cymbeline, 2007 Spring Season) comes a scintillating take on Shakespeare's Macbeth that is physical, psychologically taut, and unsettling to the bone. Declan Donnellan directs, Nick Ormerod provides the elegantly restrained sets, and the exceptional Will Keen (Foyle's War) delivers a wrenching account of the title role, conveying the doomed general's emotional turmoil with chilling authenticity.
One brilliant move follows another: Shakespeare's infamous witches, here distilled to haunting voices, absolutely terrify in their evanescence as the actors move like phantasms across the shadow-flecked stage. All the while, the madness of Lady Macbeth (the magnetic Anastasia Hille) accelerates with fatal inexorability. Toxically enmeshed, the lady and her lord inhabit a single, conflicted consciousness, one that festers in self-loathing even as it blindly seeks the destruction that will ultimately be its own.
Associate director/movement by Jane Gibson
Lighting design by Judith Greenwood
Music by Catherine Jayes
Sound design by Helen Atkinson
co-production with barbicanbite10; Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale; Koninklijke Schouwburg, The Hague; Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg; Théâtre du Nord, Lille; Théâtre de Namur/Centre dramatique.