Marblehead Little Theatre Presents
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Written by William Shakespeare
Produced by Cameron Cronin & Susan Parker
Directed by Chris Martel
Performances will take place at Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School Street in Marblehead. Performance dates and times are:
August 15, 16, 22 & 23 @ 8pm
August 17 & 24 @ 2pm.
Ticket prices are $23 and are available by ordering online here or may be purchased at the Spirit of 76 Bookstore in Marblehead.
The show is being directed by Chris Martel and co-produced by Cam Cronin and Susan Parker. Set and light design by Evan Delgaudio. Costumes by Izzy Batts.
The cast includes Andrew Winson as Macbeth; Sarah Mann as Lady Macbeth; Gale Argentine, Trudi Olivetti and Annie Seminara as the Witches; Emily Grove as Lady Macduff, Hecate, Gentlewoman and Macbeth’s Messinger; Jeffrey Snell as Duncan, Old Man, Third Murderer and Siward; Jacob Barz-Snell as Fleance, First Apparition and Young Siward; Max Sklar as Ross; Pat Dunning as Lennox; Ryan Buchannan as Donalbain, First Murderer, Menteith, Doctor and Lord; Sophie Leiton-Twoomey as Macduff’s Son, Second Apparition and Servant; Zach Murphy as Banquo and Seyton; Alex Deroo; Adrian Peguero as Angus; and James Wechsler as Malcom and Second Murderer.
There will be a reception immediately following the opening night performance on Friday August 15th.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare is considered one of his darkest and most powerful works. Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when evil is chosen as a way to fulfill the ambition for power.
The play is believed to have been written between 1599 and 1606, and is most commonly dated 1606. It was most likely written during the reign of James I, who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English throne in 1603. James was a patron of Shakespeare’s acting company, and of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during James’s reign, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s relationship with the sovereign.
Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness, and death.