Macbeth

Production details

  • Venue
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Production company
  • Oxford Shakespeare Co
  • Performance dates
  • 4–7 & 8–19 August 2006
  • Written by
  • William Shakespeare
  • Directed by
  • Chris Pickles
  • Music by
  • Paul Knight
  • Associate director
  • Ken Bentley
  • Costume designer
  • Adrian Lillie
  • Fight director
  • Philip D’Orleans
  • Producer
  • Charlotte Windmill

Cast

  • Witch
  • Seyton
  • Jules Blundell
  • Witch
  • Porter
  • Nicholas Chambers
  • Banquo
  • David Chittenden
  • Macbeth
  • Max Digby
  • Macduff
  • Philip Dinsdale
  • Witch
  • Duncan
  • Fleance
  • Howard Gossington
  • Lady Macbeth
  • Jonathan O’Boyle
  • Malcolm
  • Simon Tcherniak
  • Ensemble
  • Robert Benson
  • Jeremy Gardiner
  • James Hayward
  • Peter Ormond
  • Steven Shapland
  • Anthony English
  • William Hartley
  • Richard Mark
  • David Seymour
  • Nicholas Waters

Synopsis

The Oxford Shakespeare Company were invited by Hampton Court Palace to perform in the Great Hall on the 400th anniversary of what is believed to be the first ever performance in 1606 for James I.

Based on the Oxford Shakespeare Company’s original production in Oxford and Kew Gardens, this time with an 18-strong ensemble.

Photograph: Nick Fallon

 
Set to an eerie score of horn-blasts and choral chants, the OSC’s fluid production, which now transfers to the gardens of Lincoln’s Inn, earns full marks for hackle-raising atmosphere... Jules Blundell, Nicholas Chambers and Howard Gossington have a ball as the ‘weird sisters’, strutting and gurgling as they trigger the tyrannical ambition of their plaything, Macbeth.
— The Telegraph