THE story behind the bloody rise to power and tragic downfall of warrior Macbeth will be told in the latest Shakespeare play to feature at Abercrombie House.
Macbeth is a well-known tragedy and it will open amid crackling fires in Abercrombie’s heritage ballroom this Thursday.
Directed by Libby Daniewska and produced by Christopher Morgan, the play draws on the skills of a local, highly-accomplished cast and crew from The Bathurst Shakespeare Players.
Abercrombie House owner Mr Morgan said the ballroom had been reconfigured into an intimate performance space for the production, so while audience numbers were quite limited the setting was very evocative.
“We wanted this production to be intimate and powerful,” he said.
“The setting is a perfect fusion bringing together the Scottish Baronial house with its medieval character, the mid-winter weather with cracking fires lit, and a magnificent room which perfectly transforms to the throne-room of the king Macbeth.
“Our opening night even falls on the winter solstice which seems perfectly aligned with the deep and dark magic of Shakespeare’s three witches, who open the story for us.”
Mr Morgan joked that if Shakespeare was alive today that he could have been script writer for Game of Thrones.
This play ... has all the drama, tragedy, anguish, violence and pathos that only a superb author and cast can bring to its full potential.Christopher Morgan
“This play, like that popular contemporary series, has all the drama, tragedy, anguish, violence and pathos that only a superb author and cast can bring to its full potential and The Bathurst Shakespeare Players do this superbly,” he said. “It is set to be a stunning interpretation of this incredible play.”
There are five performances only – June 21, 22, 24, 29 (sold out) and 30.
Tickets cost $45 adults, $30 seniors/students and $20 for children under 14 years, and this includes a Scottish themed supper during the interval.
Purchase your tickets online, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Abercrombie House on 6331 4929.
Proceeds from these performances will be used to sustain future productions as well as helping with maintenance costs for Abercrombie House.
Mr Morgan said this production will also help with heritage projects in the local area through an alliance with Peel Recreation Reserve Trust.