Macbeth Re-Arisen (4 stars)

  • 7 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Macbeth is slain and Duncan is King, the witches prophecy is fulfilled. Or is it? Part two sees a bloodstained Macbeth supernaturally re-arisen. He resurrects his wife and they once again plot their rise to power, assisted by their zombie minions of course. Writing an entire play in Elizabethan pentameter is a risky task but David Mence’s somewhat ludicrous script, seamlessly leads on from the first installment. He mixes Shakespearean verse with cheesy horror-esque conventions and creates new characters, like the gothic Hecate and the golum-like Cripple No-toes. These along with old favourites are performed by a talented cast of Aussies who handle this well balanced farce with wit and respect. This chainsaw wielding Macbeth is worth seeing.
(Greer Ogston)

Hill Street Theatre, 226 6522, until 28 Aug (not 9, 15, 16, 23), 10.40pm, £9.00 (£7.50).

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