MACBETH

Macbeth Poster 5  Low ResDirected by Ken Schwartz, five actors will play all of the roles in Shakespeare’s tale of ambition gone wild, witchcraft and war.

Jeremy Webb will play MacBeth. Francine Deschepper plays Lady Macbeth.

Macbeth is the fourth play in a season of four presented by OTL in association with WillPower Theatre.

 

 

Macbeth is one of the briefest, bloodiest plays in Shakespeare’s canon, with a strong vein of what we consider now to be the supernatural running throughout. It is also the darkest- figuratively and literally- of Shakespeare’s works- and yet also one of his most resonant to modern audiences.

Macbeth’s humanity- his frailty- is represented as our frailty, and reflects our innermost fears brilliantly.

The literal darkness of the play matched by the overwhelming evil- a very tangible evil- that seems to lurk around each corner.

 Tickets for MACBETH are on sale NOW from the NEPTUNE THEATRE Box Office: 902 429-7070, or by CLICKING THIS LINK you can buy online.

THE MACBETH TEAM

Shakespeare’s Macbeth casting announcement copy

Director – Ken Schwartz

Stage Manager – Christine Oakey

Lighting Design –  Susann Hudson

Costume Design – Sarah Haydon Roy

Cellist/Composer – Benjamin Marmen

Fight Direction – Charles Douglas

 

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Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth, comes to Neptune’s Scotiabank Theatre from May 21-31 as Willpower Theatre in association with Off the Leash Creative presents a new production starring Jeremy Webb as Macbeth and Francine Deschepper as Lady Macbeth.

This five-actor version created by Two Planks and a Passion’s Ken Schwartz incorporates live music and features many of the original characters from Shakespeare’s tragedy.

Tickets are available from Neptune’s Box Office (1583 Argyle Street, 902-429-7070) at $25 and $18 for students, seniors and artists.

Rounding out the cast are Sarah EnglishMargaret Legere and Jeff Schwager.

Macbeth is one of the shortest but darkest of Shakespeare’s works, yet one with much resonance to modern audiences. It tells the story of Scottish general Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that he will one day become King of Scotland.  The ensuing bloodbath and civil war swiftly move Macbeth and his Lady into the worlds of tyranny, madness and death. Costuming is by designer Sarah Haydon Roy, with lighting design for the atmospheric production by Susann Hudson, who also designed WillPower’s previous shows, Heroine.

Symphony Nova Scotia’s newest cello member, Ben Marmen, will create an original score/soundscape for the production and will play this music for the entire run of the show. Commented Ken Schwartz:  “The contribution of the musician/composer is central to the “chamber” nature of this work, and with the actors will create the aural palate of the play. Ben’s dual role as composer and musician will be that of a sixth player.  His stage placement will not be in a pit or offstage, but decidedly on it.”

Macbeth is the fourth and final play of the season in a new collaboration between WillPower Theatre (http://willpowertheatre.ca) and Off The Leash Creative (http://www.offtheleash.ca).

Halifax-based Jeremy Webb has been seen on the Neptune stages many times, including in Neptune’s Romeo & Juliet and The Comedy of Errors. He has toured North America with his play, Shakespeare On Trial. Last year, Webb got to play one of his two dream roles, Max Bialystock in The Producers (Rainbow Stage).  Now he completes his bucket list with Macbeth.

Francine Deschepper has performed across Canada with Neptune Theatre, Luna/Sea, Mermaid Theatre, Two Planks and a Passion and in film and television productions including Call Me FitzTrailer Park Boys and Faith, Fraud and Minimum Wage. 

Performances (including school show matinees) run as follows:

Thursday, May 21                   11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Friday, May 22                        10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 23                    7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 24                      2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Pay What You Can)
Tuesday, May 26                     11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 27               10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 28                   7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 29                        7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 30                    2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 31                       2:00 p.m.

WILLPOWER-nowebWillPower Theatre and Off The Leash Creative partner to bring this thrilling play to bloody life on the Neptune Studio stage.

For more information on WillPower Theatre go to: www.willpowertheatre.ca