Double double toil and trouble,
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble
Something wicked this way comes...
Shakespeare's bloodiest tragedy is a tale of sound and fury, of treachery, and civil war. Our production sees the witchery and combat transported into the twentieth century. Destiny is an evil presence in the life of Macbeth, whose ambition drives him to murder the King and become King himself. The consequences, and the fate that his ambition brings about, make for an atmospheric, magical and exciting play in original Shakespearean verse.
A review by Phyl Romeril in the Leytonstone Guardian
Woodhouse Players' latest adventure was a full-blooded attempt at staging a Shakespearean epic. Sarah Webber and Khadija Cheetham-Slade felt they qualified to adapt this classic tragedy as a shortened concise production which was well suited to the stage of the Welsh Church Hall at Leytonstone.
In keeping with current trends the action was set in yet another era, but the verse was efficiently handled and delivered with considerable force by not only the main characters but all the subsidiaries who played several roles convincingly.
Steve Balchin gave a star performance. We watched avidly as he voiced the thoughts, fears and hopes of Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, a weak yet ambitious man who grew in strength as did this actor. His portrayal was rich in control of the verse and emphatic in delivering the message.
Carla Maclean who portrayed Lady Macbeth displayed her classical knowledge, despite for me, some unsuitable styles of dress but she presented her character with maturity and ability. Oliver Clement showed great individuality as Duncan, the Witches were quite something to remember and Tim Saward was a positive Macduff.
This was quite an impressive production aided by some unique lighting and sound. Directed by Khadija Cheetham-Slade and produced by Sarah Webber this was a presentation that raised Woodhouse Players onto yet another rung of the ladder of success.