Following runs in London and Basingstoke, Proteus Theatre have announced a UK for their production of Macbeth.

Opening at the Luton Library Theatre on the 15th October, Proteus Theatre will be taking its production of Shakespeare’s tragedy to venues across the country throughout Autumn.

Directed by Mary Swan, Proteus Theatre’s production of Macbeth sets the play in London during the stock market crash of 1987.

A Great Storm, a Black Monday, a market crash that reverberates across the world – Proteus’ Macbeth is suffused with decadence and aggression as a tormented soul finds the noose of bravado begin to tighten. With an electrifying soundtrack of eighties classics, Proteus have
worked closely with Ad Infinitum’s George Mann to create a highly physical interpretation of a classic.

The production’s cast is led by Hassan Maarfi (The Left Behind, BBC; Playing with Shakespeare, Theatre Royal Shakespeare) as Macbeth joined by Kudzanayi Chiwawa (The Importance of Being Earnest, Tara Theatre; One Hundred Trillion, Southwark Playhouse) as Lady Macbeth. Also
joining the cast are Adrian Decosta (Nation, National Theatre; The Taming of the Shrew, RSC), Jessica Andrade (Around the World in 80 Days, UK tour; The Brownie Club, Jacksons Lane) and Adam Buksh (Scot Squad, BBC; How to Make a Killing in Bollywood, UK tour).

Talking about the news, director Mary Swan said: “It’s really exciting to be able to bring our interpretation of Macbeth to a brand new audience on this tour; with an almost completely new, young cast of incredibly talented actors of colour. Shakespeare’s tragedy of a man corrupted by a lust for
power, leading him to believe he can act above the law, has never been so timely. The show is even more fast–paced and physical than before, and with the 80s revival in full swing, this will be a truly unique take on the play.”

The creative team for the production includes: set and costume design by Kat Heath, original music by Paul Wild, lighting design by Peter Harrison and fight direction by Jonathon Waller.

Macbeth will be touring the UK from the 15th October until the 9th November. For more information visit: http://www.proteustheatre.com/productions/macbeth-touring-2019