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Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Published by: Trevor Gent on 29th Jun 2017 | View all blogs by Trevor Gent

Celebrating 10 years of the Iris theatre at St Pauls Church Covent Garden. My first visit to this unusual venue for theatre certainly was an interesting one and did not disappoint.

Most of the play is staged in the open air (so come prepared for the elements) and the audience follows the cast as they go from scene to scene. You really feel engaged as you are so close up to the action. The use of eerie sounds added to the atmosphere and the witches depicted as strange insect like creatures was a first for me too.

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In this new production directed by Daniel Winder, you experience the greatest psychological horror story ever told. Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a terrifying journey into the mind of a murderer. Inspired by the psychosexual imagery of Hieronymus Bosch, this production weaves its way around the grounds of St Paul’s Church; reflecting the play’s journey into the twisted mental landscape of Macbeth as he rises to be king.

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, superbly played by David Hywel Baynes and Mogali Masuku maintain interest and the other characters certainly play their role admirably too. Shakespeare may not be for everyone but this venue certainly seemed to fit well with the style of the piece. Especially the very atmospheric section in the church itself at the end of the first act.

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Be warned though this venue has no toilets but they are available in the Covent Garden Piazza not far away. There is also some noise pollution as it is so close to Covent Garden and mostly in the open air but this did not distract from my enjoyment of the performance.

Macbeth plays at the Iris from 21st June until 29th July.

Click here for detail and to buy tickets http://iristheatre.com/event/macbeth/

Reviewed by Trevor Gent

 

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