In the city, success is all and ruthless ambition is rewarded.

The only problem is, how do you control it before it consumes you and your family?

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This is London, October 1987, Black Monday.

This is a tale of greed, betrayal and murder.

This is Macbeth.

Award-winning theatre company Proteus present a highly physical re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth as a corporate thriller which explores race, class and identity, set against the background of the ‘greed is good’ corporate landscape of 1980s Britain.

This new production features movement from George Mann of Theatre Ad Infinitum set to a soundtrack of 80s electro hits, synth-inspired modern classics and interwoven with specially composed original music.

Macbeth is a story of power and corruption, betrayal and sudden violence set within a country divided against itself, against the backdrop of the final death throes of an old political order.

Setting the play in 1987 enables us to discuss, through the prism of history, how Thatcher's Britain and Reaganomics created a political and economic landscape of today - how those systems legitamised behemoth corporations acting above the law - like the feuding Thanes of Macbeth's Scotland.

With a cast that is seldom seen in major Shakespearean roles, we also seek to highlight the lack of diversity in classical theatre - particularly that accessible to young people - creating an exciting and contemporary physical production that speaks to audiences today.

- Mary Swan, Director

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Perfect for:
  • fans of contemporary adaptations of classical theatre
  • fans of physical theatre
  • GCSE/ A-LEVEL English and Drama students
  • migrant communities
  • fans of socially relevant theatre and of course, Proteus's previous work!

Suitable for ages 12+

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Tour dates

Tuesday 15th October & Wednesday 16th October 2019, 7.30pm

Luton Library Theatre, Luton

Tickets: £12 / £10 concessions   Box Office: 01582 878100 | lutonculture.com

Thursday 17th October 2019, 8.00pm

Nordern Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

Tickets: £15   Box Office: norden.farm

Saturday 19th October 2019, 7.30pm

Trinity Arts Centre, Bristol

Tickets: £11, £9 concessions   Box Office: www.trinitybristol.org.uk

Monday 21st October 2019, 7.00pm

Brewhouse, Taunton

Tickets: £18, £11 students   Box Office: 01823 283224 | thebrewhouse.net

Wednesday 23rd October 2019, 7.30pm

Hanger Farm Arts Centre

Tickets: £15   Box Office: 01280 667683 | hangerfarm.co.uk

Thursday 24th October 2019, 7.30pm

Farnham Maltings, Farnham

Tickets: £12 / £10 concessions   Box Office: 01252 745444 | farnhammaltings.com

Monday 28th October 2019, 7.30pm | Tuesday 29th October 2019, 2pm & 7.30pm

Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds

Tickets: £10.50 - £28   Box Office: 01284 769505 | theatreroyal.org

Wednesday 6th November 2019, 7.30pm

The Auden Theatre, Gresham School, Norfolk

Tickets: £11, £9 concessions   Box Office: 01263 713444 | www.audentheatre.co.uk

Friday 8th November, 2pm & 7.30pm | Saturday 9th November, 7.30pm

The Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Tickets: from £17.50, £10 students

Box Office: 01903 206206 | www.worthingtheatres.co.uk

To discuss booking or for more information contact:

Mary Swan, Artistic Director
01256 354541

Macbeth education pack

This education pack has been developed with Key Stage 3 & 4 students in mind, though the exercises and content can easily be adapted for other age groups.

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