Inside the Rehearsals of… Proteus’ Macbeth

The production will play at The Haymarket on the 14th and 15th March before heading to Jackson’s Lane on the21st and 22nd March. Here’s a glimpse of what has been happening in rehearsals…

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Set in London during the stock market crash of 1987, Proteus’ new adaptation of Shakespeare’s thriller takes it to the trading room floor and is directed by Mary Swan, the artistic director of Proteus.

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The production’s cast is led by Riz Meedin (Reclaimed, UK tour; Intimacy, UK tour; The Bill, ITV) as Macbeth joined by Alexandra Afryea (Care, BBC; Silent Witness, BBC; Macbeth, Rose Theatre) as Lady Macbeth. Also joining the cast are Danny Charles (A Christmas Carol, UK tour; Stripy Tales, Octagon; His Lordships Fancy, Gate Theatre), Jessica Andrade (Around the World in Eighty Days, UK tour; Romeo and Juliet, Secret Theatre; Funk Da Cirque, international tour) and Umar Butt (Alex & Eliza, ARC Stockton; Pinocchio, The Albany; My Name is, Scottish tour).

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This is London, October 1987, Black Monday.
This is a tale of greed, betrayal and murder.
This is Macbeth.

The production is set to an 1980’s soundtrack and interrogates how Thatcher’s government legitimised behemoth corporations to act above the law – like the feuding Thanes of Scotland. Proteus has worked closely with Theatre Ad Infinitum’s George Mann to create a highly physical production examining themes of race, class and identity and sudden betrayal.

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Talking about the production director Mary Swan said: “A story of power and corruption within a country divided against itself, Macbeth follows the final death throes of an old political order. To create an exciting and
contemporary physical production that speaks to audiences today, we have set the play in 1987 to discuss, through the prism of history, how Thatcher’s Britain and Reaganomics created our modern political and economic landscape. With a cast that is seldom seen in major Shakespearean roles, we seek to highlight the lack of diversity in classical theatre and create
theatre accessible to young people.”

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