Tension could be cut with a knife (or more suitably a sword) at the Liverpool Everyman last week as the audience sat in wait for the opening scenes of Shakespeare’s entrancing tragedy, Macbeth.
With an outstanding cast line-up this play was always going to be a huge hit, and no body was disappointed.
The drama is one of the great tragedy themed plays by William Shakespeare.
Three witches confront Macbeth on his return from a war between Scotland and Norway, predicting that he will one day become king. This sets into motion a chain of events which sees Macbeth indeed become King, but not without tragic consequences.
Scene after scene sees a new drama, be it the appearance of a ghost, sombre outburst, or evil plot.
The lead character of Macbeth was played by widely credited David Morrissey. He put in a breathtaking performance portraying this troubled character beautifully. To accomplish such a huge task shows this man’s clear talent, by not only capturing every member of the audience but taking us along with him in his surreal and fateful journey.
As Lady Macbeth, Julia Ford seemed slightly nervous at first, but soon fell into the role and finished up beautifully.
Well known Liverpool stage actor Shaun Mason took on various roles and, as usual portrayed each of them perfectly. As always, he is a pleasure to watch and his talents never cease to amaze.
One of the characters Richard Bremmer played was the Porter, and he brought some light relief to the tragedy with drunken antics and a dozy manor.
All in all, whether you’re a Shakespeare fan or not, this play is a must see. With witches, royals, deception and passion Macbeth brings you more than any tv thriller or soap opera.
The perfect surroundings in the Everyman Theatre made for an electric atmosphere throughout the night.
Star rating 5 stars - What 's done is done – and it’s done very, very well.
Review by Stephanie Diggory
Pictures by Helen Warner
Macbeth runs at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in Hope Street until June 11.
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