The National Youth Theatre presents one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies this year as the company heads to the Ambassadors Theatre for a season of shows.
It is likely to get a lot of attention as this is a Shakespearean classic, which has been in the hearts of audiences for over four centuries since it was penned in 1606, and it has become an intrinsic part of popular culture – famously going by the name The Scottish Play to counteract its supposed curse.
The National Youth Theatre’s version relocates the action so that the events take place just before the First World War with the focus on the German and Austro-Hungarian Empires.
The original plot famously focuses on Macbeth, a general who is told he will become leader by three witches, leading to his murder of the current ruler to take his place on the throne. As he opts for evil in a bid for power we witness his dissent into murder and war as it becomes necessary to continue the bloodshed to save the status quo, leading to his status as a tyrannical ruler.
The National Youth Theatre is a charity that has launched the careers of some of the best known actors in the United Kingdom, from James Bond star Daniel Craig to the recently-knighted Daniel Day-Lewis, and it is a must-watch when it comes to emerging talent.
On this occasion, the company recruits Ed Hughes to direct this adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic.
So as part of the National Youth Theatre’s season, which also includes Selfie and War Horse writer Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful, Macbeth runs at the Ambassadors Theatre from Wednesday 8th October 2014 (previews from Friday 19th September 2014).
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 25th November 2014|
|Booking Until:||Wednesday, 26th November 2014|
|Running Time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
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