Citizens Theatre Announces Filmed Version of 2017 Two Hander, The Macbeths

Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre is reprising their acclaimed 2017 production of The Macbeths that played in their Circle Studio. Adapted by director Dominic Hill and writer Frances Poet this radically cut version of Shakespeare’s play charts the breakdown of the relationship of the infamous couple following an act of murder that  binds then destroys them.

This latest digital theatre experience will premiere online this May and will star the original cast of Charlene Boyd as Lady Macbeth and Keith Fleming as Macbeth. 

Boyd, whose version of Lady M earned her a CATS (Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland) nomination for Best Female Performance, recently appeared in the BBC drama The Trial of Christine Keeler, while Fleming  is known  to Citizens audiences for   Cyrano de Bergerac and Oresteia: This Restless House and toTV audiences for playing Lesley in Outlander.

Citizens Theatre Artistic Director, Dominic Hill, commented “I have always loved this play. It’s a great story about a couple being undone by their own actions and it can be understood and enjoyed as easily today as it was 400 years ago. At the Citz, we are well known for re-imagining classic plays and I’m excited to return to this production and adapt it again for screen. Playing with camera techniques, we hope to encapsulate the raw emotions of the couple and the dark, sleepless nightmare they are in. We know that digital versions of our work can reach new audiences as well as keep our regular supporters connected to us and I hope this new film will give all of them a really rewarding experience.”

Set entirely on and around the couple’s tangled bed, the 60-minute film, that’s made in collaboration with Urbancroft Films, aims to capture the immediacy of the stage production to recreate the claustrophobic world of the Macbeths.

Following their successful co-production with Stellar Quines of Fibres,in November 2020, this production of The Macbeths is the second digital theatre experience of a full-length play from the Citz. 

The Macbeths, that is supported by the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund, will be free to view in late May with more details to be announced soon.

Irene Brown

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