THE RETURN OF THE MACBETHS, A BRAND NEW FILM VERSION PREMIERE DATE ANNOUNCED BY CITIZENS THEATRE

Dominic Hill’s brutal and intense production of The Macbeths will premiere online in a bold new filmed version on Thursday 3 June at 8pm. It will be free to view.

The production has been adapted for online audiences to experience at home in collaboration with Urbancroft Films. Set entirely on and around the couple’s bed, the full-length film captures the feverish energy of the stage production to recreate the claustrophobic world the Macbeths inhabit.

The film reunites the original 2017 cast. Charlene Boyd, who currently plays PC Jac Dunn on River City and recently appeared in the critically acclaimed BBC drama The Trial of Christine Keeler, returns to the role of Lady Macbeth. Her electric portrayal of the ‘fiend like queen’ in 2017 earned her a Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland nomination for Best Female Performance.

Charlene is joined by Keith Fleming, who is reprising the role of Macbeth. The actor is well-known for playing Lesley in hit TV series Outlander. He is also a regular on the Citizens stage having worked with Director Dominic Hill on many of the theatre’s best loved shows including Cyrano de Bergerac and Oresteia: This Restless House.

Free watch at home tickets can be booked at themacbethsfilm.co.uk (from Tue 13 April at 11am) with an optional donation to the Citizens Theatre Redevelopment.

Director, Dominic Hill commented: “I have always loved this play. It's a great story about a couple being undone by their own actions and it can be understood and enjoyed as easily today as it was 400 years ago. At the Citz, we are well known for re-imagining classic plays and I’m excited to return to this production and adapt it again for screen. Playing with camera techniques, we hope to encapsulate the raw emotions of the couple and the dark, sleepless nightmare they are in. We know that digital versions of our work can reach new audiences as well as keep our regular supporters connected to us and I hope this new film will give all of them a really rewarding experience.”

This is the second digital theatre experience of a full-length play the Citizens have produced, following their successful Stellar Quines co-production, Fibres, in November 2020.

The Macbeths film is supported by the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund.

Join us online from 3 June as we return to the dark, sleepless world of The Macbeths.

THE MACBETHS

Adapted from the play by William Shakespeare

Directed by Dominic Hill and Martyn Robertson

Original stage production directed by Dominic Hill

Filmed by Urbancroft Films

Produced by Citizens Theatre

CAST

Charlene Boyd - Lady Macbeth

Keith Fleming – Macbeth

CREATIVE TEAM

Dominic Hill – Director

Martyn Robertson – Director

Stuart Jenkins - Lighting Designer

Frances Poet – Dramaturg

Matthew Whiteside – Composer

Joanna Bowman - Assistant Director

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NOTES TO EDITORS

CAST BIOGS

KEITH FLEMING

Theatre credits include: Cyrano de Bergerac, The Macbeths (2017), Vanya, Miss Julie (Citizens Theatre); Oresteia: This Restless House (2017 and 2016 Citizens Theatre/National Theatre of Scotland); Dunsinane (National Theatre of Scotland international tour, UK tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company); Black Watch, The Miracle Man, The Making of Us (National Theatre of Scotland); Peer Gynt (National Theatre of Scotland/Dundee Rep); Macbeth (Perth Theatre): Beautiful Burnout (Frantic Assembly/National Theatre of Scotland); The Dark Things, Pandas (Traverse Theatre); Squash, Call of the Wild, An Incident at the Border (Òran Mór); Doppler, Barflies (Grid Iron); David Leddy’s Untitled Love Story and Doubt, AutoBahn, Days of Wine and Roses (Theatre Jezebel); Stones in His Pockets, Lonesome West (Tron Theatre).

Keith is a former member of Dundee Rep Ensemble where he appeared in over 35 productions, and winner of the Best Actor Award at Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. He is well-known for playing Lesley in TV series Outlander.

CHARLENE BOYD

Charlene trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Theatre Credits include: The Macbeths (2017 and 2018), Fever Dream Southside (Citizens Theatre); The Monstrous Heart (Traverse Theatre, tour to Stephen Joseph Theatre); Cranhill Carmen (Òran Mór); Cinderella (Glasgow Life); Kind of Silence (Solar Bear Theatre); Bondagers (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh); Directors’ Cut (Traverse Theatre); The Devil’s Larder, Letters Home, Barflies (Grid Iron Theatre Company); Men Should Weep, Empty, The Miracle Man (National Theatre of Scotland); Hannah and Hanna (Catherine Wheels Theatre Company); Sleeping Beauty (Macrobert Arts Centre); The Snow Queen (Arches Theatre).

Charlene is currently a regular on BBC Scotland’s River City. Other TV Credits include: Annika (UKTV); The Trial of Christine Keeler (BBC); Medical Hospital UK, Only An Excuse (Comedy Unit); Sketchland, Scot Squad, Bob Servant Independent (BBC Scotland); Garrow’s Law (Shed Media); Taggart (STV).

CITIZENS THEATRE BIOGRAPHY

The Citizens Theatre is Glasgow’s major producing theatre and one of the leading theatre companies in the UK. Over the last 75 years, the Citizens has built an international reputation for producing innovative shows on stage, alongside a highly regarded learning programme of participatory and education work. Led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill who is regarded as having “a talent for classical drama which is genuinely world class.” (Daily Telegraph) and Executive Director, Alex McGowan, it presents bold new interpretations of classic texts that are accessible and relevant - and uniquely, where any member of the audience can attend a performance for as little as 50p. The theatre’s Victorian home in the Gorbals is currently closed while it undergoes a major redevelopment

PERFORMING ARTS VENUE RELIEF FUND

The film of Macbeths is made possible thanks to funding from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund. More information about the fund can be found here:

https://www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/performing-arts-venues-relief-fund

LISTINGS

THE MACBETHS

From the play by William Shakespeare

The Macbeths is an intimate and intense re-imagining of the Scottish play.

Returning from battle, Macbeth hears a prophesy emboldening him to murder and betray. Compelled by his equally ruthless wife, Macbeth ignores his creeping sense of guilt and hopelessness and attempts to hasten the hand of fate, unwittingly ushering in the downfall of them both.

Dominic Hill’s brutal and intense production tells the Bard’s famous story in a powerfully distilled form. Set entirely on and around the couple’s bed, it explores the destructive relationship at the heart of the story.

First performed in our Circle Studio in 2017 to great acclaim, we’re collaborating with Urbancroft Films and adapting the show for online audiences to experience at home. Reuniting the original cast (Charlene Boyd and Keith Fleming), the film will capture the feverish energy of the stage performance.

“...a rich evening of theatre for anyone who loves Macbeth, and also loves to see it reborn, in ever more challenging forms.” (The Scotsman on 2017 show)

” ...a sweaty, erotic and breathlessly self-destructive re-imagining” (The Herald on 2017 show)

“this is Shakespeare's play delivered in powerfully concentrated form, as if straight into the bloodstream.” (The Herald on 2017 show)

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