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Review of Macbeth Production On the 28th October 2002, I went to see a production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, starring Sean Bean as Macbeth, and directed by Edward Hall. I was looking forward to seeing this particular production, as I am a huge fan of Lord Of the Rings, and was excited about seeing one of the cast on stage, and because of Sean Bean's performance in the film, I had high expectations of the play. The play opened with a massive thunder crack that had a large part of the audience (or, at the least our school party) accidentally throwing their sweets over the row in front of them in pure shock. The lights suddenly going out in the auditorium, instead of being gently dimmed, accompanied this thunder. The stage lighting in this play was used very effectively to show different locations on quite a limiting set. ...read more.


It also came across really clearly that they were performing a ritual and it made the scene more interesting. Singing was also used very effectively in the coronation scene, as it removed the need for words, and gave an impression of solemnity and definitely not a happy ending. The rest of the sounds used in this production were mainly human sounds, like screams and thunder. These were very piercing and shocking which was chilling. The actual staging of the play was very simple, with minimal set dressing that was mainly taken on or off stage by members of the cast, as different kinds of furniture were used for the different locations, it didn't really matter, and was incorporated into the scenes so the set seemed very versatile, without actually being so. The main set on first appearance did not look at all neutral, and it was hard to believe that it could be used for every scene. ...read more.


Sean Bean was (in my opinion) excellent as Macbeth, (even if our coach almost running him over may not have shown a positive general opinion) and he captured what I had imagined Macbeth would be like almost exactly. Lady Macbeth (played by Samantha Bond) was also very believable in her role. However, the one member of the cast that I thought was slightly presence-less was the Banquo. He was far superior as the ghost of Banquo than he was as the living Banquo, and his silent presence at the side of the stage was frequently very unsettling. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this production, and I may well see it again in the future, however one thing that I found to some extent frustrating was the way that the director had merged the present with the past, as it wasn't accurate, and just seemed out of place. The chronology inexplicably jumps from dark medieval Scotland to what appears to be 20th century soldiers running around with machine guns, storm trooper uniforms, elevators and helicopters which can be a little confusing. ...read more.

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