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Macbeth 1987Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera-go-round mounted this fascinating adaptation of Macbeth in a staging which introduced the work of Richard Jones and Nigel Lowery to the company. The staging was startlingly effective, with sets almost in cartoon style - bright red for the most part. In Jones's adaptation of the score, the necessary absence of a chorus allowed us to see a restoration of Shakespeare's trio of weird sisters, on stage for extended periods directing affairs (with one also taking the role of Lady-in-Waiting). Macduff and Lady Macbeth both had embryonic big voices. Richard Berkeley-Steele had sung Fenton and Tamino with Glyndebourne but would eventually become an excellent Siegfried. Mary Lloyd-Davies later went on to sing the title role in Elektra. Omar Ebrahim's voice was not on that scale, and was stretched to the limit - indeed he would have been unwise to sing Macbeth in any other circumstances. But he gave a rivetingly-acted interpretation of the doomed thane.

Performance DatesMacbeth 1987

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Coplaw Theatre | Glasgow

19 Feb, 19.30

Students' Union | St Andrews

21 Feb, 20.00

Arts Guild Theatre | Greenock

24 Feb, 19.30

Tron Theatre | Glasgow

26 Feb, 19.30

Village Hall, Bowmore | Isle of Islay

28 Feb, 19.30

Corran Hall | Oban, Argyll

3 Mar, 19.30

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline | Dunfermline

5 Mar, 19.30

Village Hall, Ballachulish | Ballachulish, Argyll

10 Mar, 19.30

Shielbridge Hall | Acharacle

10 Mar, 19.30

Village Hall, Lochcarron | Lochcarron, Ross-shire

12 Mar, 19.30

Village Hall, Rogart | Rogart

14 Mar, 19.30

Victoria Hall, Cromarty | Cromarty

17 Mar, 19.30

Palace Theatre | Kilmarnock

19 Mar, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Dumfries | Dumfries

21 Mar, 19.30

Village Hall, Ullapool | Ullapool

24 Mar, 19.30

Thurso High School | Thurso, Caithness

26 Mar, 20.00

Grammar School, Grantown-on-Spey | Grantown on Spey

28 Mar, 19.30

Town Hall, Montrose | Montrose

31 Mar, 19.30

Tait Hall | Kelso

2 Apr, 19.30

Gardyne Theatre | Dundee

4 Apr, 19.30

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