This review, written by Jane Garner, examines Alison Gilby’s Macbeth on the Estate, and how the transfer from lordly Scottish halls to a tough council estate is given sobriety through its inclusion of non-dramatically trained actors and perceptive direction.
This piece, while not focused on any one particular production of the Scottish play, is no less important due to its insightful analysis of the character of Lady Macbeth. Authored by Esme Beringer, this critical reflection insists that Lady Macbeth is not the monster she is so often painted as.
In this review, Eric Johns praises the pace and theatricality of Peter Hall’s RSC revival in Stratford-upon-Avon, focusing his analysis on the central performances, as well as noting the “blood red” that dominates the design.
This review, written by J.R.L. Reyner, considers whether Western audiences might miss the subtitles of gesture in this Kunju production of the Scottish play, and praises the music, acrobatics, and the ‘quite breathtaking’ performances of the three witches.
In this review, Alison Mercer praises the all-female production’s pared down approach to the text, considers the distinction between the representation of physical and psychological violence, and describes the production’s treatment of the famous banquet scene.
Focus is given to the character arcs of the central couple in this review from R.B. Marriott, in which Macbeth is said to transform from a man with a promising future to a “bloody menace” and Lady Macbeth is portrayed as a woman of “terrible individuality”.
In this review, Allen Saddler praises the work of the actors, while honing in on the post-modern staging. The greatest effect, in his opinion, is the lighting of Chris Ward, that sees straight beams cut across the action, turning the stage into a cage.
This review by Eva Benjamin details the intense – even terrifying – aesthetic of Michael Boyd’s Macbeth; it comes across as savage, unrelenting, and unafraid to bring forceful physical movement to the action of the play.
In this review, David Blewitt praises the central performance and draws attention to elements of production, including the “gripping” staging and the lighting – “blood red, blue and blinding white.”
This review, written by R.B. Marriott, describes an all-black production of Macbeth, in which there is a “strong sense of human beings working out their fate within a world of ancient superstition.” Marriott’s commentary gives an insight into cultural attitudes to non-western theatre in the early 1970s.
This review paints a favourable picture of a more stripped version of Macbeth that foregrounds the psychological realities of the play, with little emphasis placed on the more supernatural elements, giving the production an altogether heavier and gritty humanistic feel.
This intriguing review of a Steven Berkoff Hamlet/Macbeth double-header compares the striking similarities between Macbeth’s rise to power with the rise of Hitler, through assassination and political manoeuvring.