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New Cyberpunk Production of Macbeth for York

todayMarch 6, 2020 4

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New production of Macbeth offers visions of a dark future

This spring, York Shakespeare Project’s production of Macbeth, at the John Cooper Studio (30 March – 4 April), uses a dramatic new staging to bring to life this dark tale of ambition, murder and supernatural forces.

The production will be set in a dystopian ‘cyberpunk’ future, and performed in a promenade style – meaning the action takes place on the move, around the audience. Special performances are also being put on for schools, as the play remains a staple of the English Literature curriculum.

The production will be the 37th play that the York-based charity has produced as part of its mission to perform all Shakespeare’s known plays over 20 years.

Lady Macbeth (Amanda Dales, left) confronts Macbeth (Emma Scott, right) after he sees Banquo’s ghost.


Director Leo Doulton says, “Macbeth is a magnificent tragedy about the earthly struggle between the forces of order and chaos, and how the world becomes corrupted by Macbeth’s strange bargains. Cyberpunk is an exciting genre for exploring, highlighting, and visualising those ideas for a modern audience. We no longer fear witches, but we are still scared of our society being shaped by powers with no concern for those below them. This show will capture all the original’s epic drama in its poetry and production – I’m thrilled to be sharing it.”

Macbeth (Emma Scott) rails at the ghost of Banquo he claims to see, as Ross (Tony Froud) looks on with concern.

Macbeth takes place from Monday 30 March – Saturday 4 April 2020 at John Cooper Studio (41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB), with performances at 7.30pm each night, and at 2.00pm on Wednesday 1 and Saturday 4 April. Tickets are available now from York Theatre Royal box office and online at Tickets are £15 adults, £10 students or means-tested benefits, £7.50 under-18s. The performance on Monday 30 March is an open dress rehearsal, and tickets are £5. The two performances on Wednesday 1 April are schools performances, and tickets for these are £5 for school-age children.


Plot summary: Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King. Torn between duty and the chance of greatness, Macbeth and his devoted wife murder King Duncan and take the throne for themselves. Macbeth rapidly falls into darkness, turning into a tyrant in league with the Witches. As the world realises what Macbeth has become, the forces of order finally act and a civil war begins.

Banquo (Clive Lyons, centre) and son Fleance (Rhiannon Griffiths, left) are set upon by a Murderer (Joy Warner, right).


Written by: YO1 Radio Web Team

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