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Rehearsals underway for Macbeth at Stafford Castle

The cast of this year’s Stafford Festival Shakespeare production of Macbeth have begun rehearsals at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre ahead of their performance in the magical, open-air surroundings of Stafford Castle from Thursday 28th June – Saturday 14th July.

The cast will spend three weeks rehearsing with Director Clare Prenton, as well as music rehearsals with Musical Director David Hewson, fight choreography with Fight Director Alison De Burgh, and group sessions with Movement Director Kane Husbands and Voice Coach Mel Churcher. Inspired by today’s cultural thirst for supernatural and historical fiction genres (e.g. Game of Thrones, The Tudors, Wolf Hall and the Harry Potter series), Stafford Festival Shakespeare 2018 will offer audiences a sensual, vital, highly visual and visceral production with a vibrant score.

A supernatural feast for the senses, #Macbeth2018 will examine naked ambition, deception, jealousy and the worst traits of humankind – in a Scotland rich with warriors, witchcraft and diabolical dark deeds.

Originally set in the ‘11th Century’, Macbeth lends itself perfectly to the backdrop of Stafford Castle, and the site grounds will provide a truly unique opportunity for theatre goers to experience the essence of the text. There has been a rich history at the site of Stafford Castle since 913, and its changing fortunes during the Saxon and Medieval periods echo the tumultuous political history of Shakespeare’s medieval Scotland.

Stafford Festival Shakespeare spokesman, Thomas Waldron, says:
“This authentically medieval production of The Scottish Play is set to be one of our best yet! The cast have been busy rehearsing with our incredible Creative Team since their arrival in the County Town earlier this month, and the show is already looking great.

“Tickets are selling fast – with advanced sale figures dwarfing those of previous years – and I would advise anyone who has not yet done so to book early in order to avoid disappointment”.

Macbeth will open on Thursday 28th June and run until Saturday 14th July 2018 at Stafford Castle, with tickets available from just £14. Full ticket information can be obtained from the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.com

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