Outdoor theatre

Shakespeare's Globe

Until Sun Oct 13 2013

  • © Ellie Kurttz

  • © Ellie Kurttz

  • © Ellie Kurttz

  • © Ellie Kurttz

© Ellie Kurttz

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Wendy B

I hated this production-that any director who thinks adding your own words etc to Shakespeare's will improve it-is a definite mistake.  This was Macbeth-a comedy-with few laughs.  None of the main characters seemed to be able to give their characters any depth-the witches to me had no rhyme or reason, Banquo was boring and I left in the interval. Oh for Mark Rylance to return



I first saw Macbeth at the Globe in July and it was absolutely magnificent, the whole production was fantastic and refreshing and the acting was amazing. Joseph Millson was outstanding as the charismatic Macbeth, he totally beguiles the audience with his persona and soliloquies and he's a kind of uber cool dashing Thane which the younger audience can relate to as he delivers his lines with such passion and clarity. Samantha was Spiro marvellous as the ambitious wife who slowly deteriorates into insanity. In fact the whole cast were superb. Also, the comical elements fitted in very well within the dark themes of the play. Its so cleverly done, you end up feeling some kind of pathos for the doomed couple as well. I loved the whole set, the music and the renaissance costumes. The unusual finale by the cast was absolutely brilliant and they got the audience whooping and applauding, it was clear everyone in that theatre was enjoying themselves. I wish there was an encore. I have seen quite a few productions of Macbeth but this one is by far the BEST version I have ever seen ( yes, even better the Kenneth Branagh's one). It was so good, I ended up seeing it again last month and the lady that sat next to me said it was her third trip seeing this play. A must see, even if you are not a great Shakespeare fan and see one play at the globe, you'll love this one and you won't regret the experience. If I could I would give it 10 stars.