Macbeth
2018

1st to 4th August
Directed by Amy Levene

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble …

Loyal military commander Macbeth is consumed with ambition after three mysterious figures tell him he will become King of Scotland. Urged on by his ruthless wife, he embarks on a bloody course to achieve his aim. But the prophecy is not all that it seems...

It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.
Stones have been known to move and trees to speak;
Augurs and understood relations have
By maggot-pies and choughs, and rooks brought forth
The secret’st man of blood.

Shakespeare's tragedy explores the way a single act of treachery enmeshes the couple in a web of murder, deceit and ultimate regret.

With live music and spectacular stage effects, the Abbey Shakespeare Players' 32nd annual production will make the most of the atmospheric backdrop of the St Dogmaels Abbey ruins.

Cast

Duncan, King of ScotlandRichard Carwardine
Malcolm, his elder sonEd Long
Donalbain, his younger sonFelix Power
Macbeth, Thane of GlamisJoe Kao
Lady Macbeth, his wifeHeledd Hart
Banquo, Thane of LochaberMatthew Bellwood
Fleance, his sonDaisy Hance
Macduff, Thane of FifeIan Wood
Lady Macduff, his wifeGeorgina Ferry
Macduff's sonGabriel Pearcey
Macduff's daughterCosima Pearcey
Lennox, nobleman of ScotlandHenry Morris
Ross, nobleman of ScotlandGeoffrey Summers
Menteith, nobleman of ScotlandSimon Beattie
Angus, nobleman of ScotlandTony Shepherd
Hecate, Goddess of WitchcraftRichard Mitchley
First WitchJohn Holtorp
Second WitchLinda Kirk
Third WitchWill Long
First GentlewomanJane Morris
Second GentlewomanLinda Kirk
Third GentlewomanAnn Shepherd
First MurdererBernard Smith
Second MurdererTim Buck, Will Long
Third MurdererWill Long
Seyton, attendant to MacbethJohn Holtorp
MessengerEmma Williams
Scottish DoctorRichard Carwardine
CaptainTim Buck
PorterRichard Mitchley
HousekeeperAnn Christys
Visions, Attendants, SoldiersMembers of the company

Musicians

FlutesEric Sheldon, Giles Dawson
RecorderAnn Christys
Clarinet/Alto saxophoneKaty Lawrence
Baritone saxophone/Bass clarinetOliver Llewellyn-Smith
BassoonAnne Startup
TrumpetsDan Webster
PercussionDan Webster, Oliver Llewellyn-Smith, Ann Christys
VioloncelloBob Dent
KeyboardJean Smith
SingersMembers of the cast

Crew

DirectorAmy Levene
ComposerRichard Morris
Lighting Design & Technical DirectorDavid Long
CostumesStephanie Ross
Musical AssociateHenry Ward
Technical AssistantsDominic Hargreaves, Jerry Ross
Wardrobe AssistantsAnn Shepherd, Penny Miltiadou
PropsPenny Miltiadou
Publicity DesignDaniel Clatworthy & Amy Levene
Front of HouseJane Hall, Janet Paynter
SetRobert Fitzmartin & Henry VIII