After a highly successful run at LOST Theatre in Stockwell. former Bath resident and 2006 – 2008 Rondo Theatre Company member brings his Macbeth production back to his home town. Local theatre fans may be familiar with Shopland’s work after two successful outings of his immersive 20:20 Vision Theatre Festival in conjunction with the Bath Fringe Festival in 2013 and 2014, but this marks the first time he’s returned to The Rondo since his directorial debut with Picasso At The Lapin Agile back in November 2007.
Shopland, a Prior Park college Old Boy, cites the beloved Larkhall theatre as his spiritual theatrical home. He says, “I have always been extremely grateful to Ian McGlynn and everyone involved with The Rondo for taking a chance on an inexperienced 19 year old director. Helming ‘Picasso…’ nearly 8 years ago was a baptism of fire to say the least, but an experience I will never forget. The Rondo ignited my passion for creating exciting and innovative work, and it is truly an honour to be able to bring my biggest production yet back to the place where it all began for me”.
The production also features several familiar faces to Bath audiences, including former Kingswood and Royal High student Evangeline Beaven, and Nathalie Codsi, who last performed at The Rondo in East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon in 2013.
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES…
For centuries, The Scottish Play has proved to be one of the most popular of Shakespeare’s tragedies. A cautionary tale of ambition and madness, Macbeth is a story filled with sex, magic, violence and death that has set alight the imaginations of millions of theatregoers across the globe. The classic story of free will versus fate has been played out in many different concepts, but this production aims to take the text back to its roots in a minimal and brutal adaptation.
David Shopland’s Macbeth is a sparse and gripping view of the play through the eyes of a grieving couple. This is a rare solo departure from visionary Creative Director of Blind Tiger Theatre, who has previously directed An Idle World in the West End at Trafalgar Studios and The Little Mermaid at Riverside Studios. This is not a story about war and witches, but the heartbreaking destruction of a marriage. It is a 400 year old domestic drama that highlights the same base emotions we all feel throughout our lives. This play’s horror lies in its humanity.
West End star Andrew Venning (Dreamboats and Petticoats Original West End Cast) will be leading a talented cast of 10 performers as the titular Macbeth in a visionary new production directed by David Shopland (An Idle World – Trafalgar Studios). The cast includes Carmella Brown (Intricate Workings of A Sherbert Lemon – Young Vic) as Lady Macbeth, Lawrence Boothman (Moses Town – Theatre Royal Stratford East) as Banquo, Jonathan Curry (Tragic Lovers – Soho Theatre) as Duncan, Stu Mansell (Rough Justice – BBC) as Malcolm, Tony Eccles (Belle – UK Feature Film) as Donalbain, Ethan Chapples (Dreams From The Pit – Palace Theatre) as Macduff, with Caroline Charles (Fibonacci Sequence – Courtyard Theatre), Evangeline Beaven (GULF – Pivot Theatre Company) and Nathalie Codsi (Cinderella – Lyric Hammersmith) portraying The Witches.
MACBETH by William Shakespeare
Directed by David Shopland
Rondo Theatre, St Saviours Rd, Bath, BA1 6RT,
Dates: 4th – 7th March 2015
Times: 7.30pm (Thursday – Saturday) – 2.30pm (Saturday Matinee)
Tickets: Full £14 / Concession £12
WHAT THE PRESS HAVE SAID:
★★★★ – “striking and innovative… astute and intelligent” WHATS ON STAGE
★★★★ – “A talented and crafted cast” LONDON THEATRE 1
★★★★ – “This production has depth, humour, humanity and magic” WEST END WILMA
“Inventive Director” THE STAGE
“Andrew Venning’s performance as Macbeth is chilling, complex and rich, with an expert handling of verse.” EVERYTHING THEATRE
“Inventive and Impressive” TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION