The Citizens Theatre has released details of a Scotland-wide tour of The Macbeths: an intimate and stripped down version of Shakespeare’s epic tale of hubris, betrayal and destructive partnership.

The play’s run at the Citizens Theatre in October 2017 sold-out and was described by the Scotsman as, “...a rich evening of theatre for anyone who loves Macbeth, and also loves to see it reborn, in ever more challenging forms.”

The Macbeths will tour to Dundee Rep (Wed 3 –Thu 4 Oct) MacArts Theatre, Galashiels (Fri 5 Oct) Paisley Arts Centre (Sat 6 Oct) The Byre Theatre, St Andrews (Tue 9 – Thu 11 Oct) MacRobert, Stirling (Fri 12 Oct) Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (16 Oct – 20 Oct - excluding Fri 19) Eden Court, Inverness (Tue 23 Oct) Pitlochry Festival Theatre (Thu 25 Oct) and Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock (Sat 27 Oct).

Directed by Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill and adapted in collaboration with dramaturg Frances Poet, this hour-long re-telling, with its relentless focus on the marriage at the heart of the Scottish play offers, in the words of The Daily Record, “...a thrilling and visceral new way into one of Shakespeare’s most familiar plays.”

The success of the 2017 production was recently underlined when Charlene Boyd, who played Lady Macbeth in last year’s production, was nominated for a Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland, in the Best Female Performance category.

Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill said:

“It’s a great pleasure to be able to take a Citizens Theatre production – that has all the hallmarks of what we do best – to a range of different studio spaces across Scotland. I’m confident that our intimate and intense re-imagining of this epic tragedy will appeal to both fans of the bard’s work and those looking for a fresh, more accessible way to appreciate his genius up close.”

★★★★ Herald

★★★★ Scotsman

★★★★ Daily Record

“...this is Shakespeare’s play delivered in powerfully concentrated form, as if straight into the bloodstream.”

Sunday Herald


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