Filter Return With a Radical New Macbeth

Filter Theatre and Tobacco Factory Theatres present
by William Shakespeare
Created by Filter
Music Composed by Tom Haines
Tue 20 – Sat 31 January 2015


Running time: 75 minutes (no interval)
Recommended for ages 14+

One of the most dynamic theatre companies touring the UK, Filter, return to the Citizens Theatre with a radical version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, following their irreverent and contemporary recreation of Twelfth Night in 2014.

“Whence is that knocking? How is it with me, when every noise appalls me?”
Three weird sisters demarcate an area on stage. They operate a strange collection of electronic musical apparatus. Macbeth is invited in to play.

Playful, kaleidoscopic and horrific, Filter’s Macbeth fuses Shakespeare’s corrosive, psychological thriller of ambition, power, witchcraft and sanity with innovative sound and music to take you on a strange, funny and scintillating journey to the epicentre of the “heat-oppressed brain”.

Founded in 2001, Filter is actors Oliver Dimsdale, Ferdy Roberts and musician Tim Phillips, working with a trademark fusion of performance with integrated live music and sound. Filter’s irreverent and contemporary recreations of the classics – Caucasian Chalk Circle, Twelfth Night, Three Sisters and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – have toured the UK and internationally to great acclaim.

The performances at the Citizens Theatre are the first dates in a UK tour in co-production with Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol where Filter’s Macbeth premiered in Autumn 2014. The tour also includes dates at VAULT Festival, Central London (4 – 15 February), Liverpool Everyman (17 – 21 February), Oxford Playhouse (24 – 28 February), Exeter Northcott (2 – 7 March) and Northern Stage ( 10 – 14 March). 

“Filter’s lo-fi, ninety minute remix of Shakespeare’s comedy infects the audience with the play’s celebratory spirit of madness from the start…You leave feeling slightly changed yourself.” **** Metro on Twelfth Night

“For newcomers to Shakespeare, I can’t think of a better introduction…it’s a celebration: mad, wild, loving and hilarious.” The Sunday Times on Twelfth Night


Citizens Theatre Press Night Tue 20 January 2015, 7.30pm

For more information, interviews and images, or to request tickets, please contact Keren Nicol, Marketing & Communications Manager 0141 418 6233. Production and rehearsal images from Macbeth are available to download from the Citizens Theatre flickr feed

by William Shakespeare
Created by Filter
Music Composed by Tom Haines

Cast: Geoffrey Lumb, Poppy Miller (Lady Macbeth), Victoria Moseley, Alan Pagan, Alison Reid, Ferdy Roberts (Macbeth), Paul Woodson
Dates: 20 – 31 January 2015, 7.30pm
Matinees: Sat 24 & 31 January 2015, 2.30pm
Schools performance: Wed 28 January 2015, 1.30pm
Post show discussion Tue 27 January

Tickets: 0141 429 0022 │
Or in person at the Citizens Theatre Box Office, 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, G5 9DS, open 10 – 6pm Mon - Sat

Notes for Editors:
Tobacco Factory Theatres has forged an inspirational path to becoming one of the country’s most respected venues in just ten years. It produced and presents excellent art in unique, intimate and visceral spaces, including the Factory Theatre and Brewery Theatre in Bristol, as well as off-site in Bristol and in venues across the country. The vision for the period 2014 onwards marks a key moment in the theatre’s evolution and a step-change in the level of its ambitions. A truly great theatre is all about the consistent production of great theatre and to achieve this it is investing ambitiously in more of its own productions and co-productions with
other great companies. Previous productions and co-productions have included the 2013 Olivier Award-nominated and 2014 Off West End Award-winning production of Cinderella: A Fairytale (co-produced by Travelling Light); the 2014 winner of the Sky Arts Award for Dance, Dracula (co-produced with the Mark Buce Company); Banksy;The Room in the Elephant which went on to a national tour (with The Sum) and the first production of Chris Goode’s Infinite Lives (****The Guardian).

In spring 2014 Tobacco Factory Theatres announced that Filter Theatre was to become a 2014/15 Tobacco Factory Theatres Associate Artist, allowing the two companies to work
together to develop new productions.

Find out more at or contact Marketing Manager Becky
Cresswell at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / 0117 963 0940.

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