18 January, 2018

Benjamin Gould brings his sparkling comic wit to Shakespeare’s Macbeth to the Alley Theatre, Strabane on Friday 2nd February. Seamlessly fusing modern comedy and drama with classical verse,this adaptation brings new life, energy and insight to the classic play.

This is ‘Macbeth’ like you’ve never seen it - physical, guttural and intelligent - full of energy, comedy and all of the darkness and death that keeps audiences coming back to Shakespeare’s classic.

Following on from our sell-out production ‘Shakespeare’s Women’, Commedia of Errors Theatre Company return, doing what they do best. ‘That Scottish Play is a brand-new show adapted, directed and performed by Benjamin Gould and features Rosie McClelland (Lyric, Rawlife, Replay) and Conor Hinds (National/Headlong, Lyric, Dundee Rep). just three performers play all the characters of the original. Shakespeare's play has been given a complete Commedia dell'Arte makeover; keeping all of its truth and tragedy and combining it with our trademark physical theatre, slapstick comedy and stunning mask play.

The production is a perfect introduction to both Shakespeare and Commedia dell'Arte, and is perfect for people new to the genre, whilst offering new insights to old hands.

Benjamin Gould is the Artistic director of Commedia of Errors Theatre Company. He trained as an actor in the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, London and with Fraternal Compagnia (Bologna). He has worked with some of the best in the industry, including Carlo Boso (AIDAS, Paris), Marco Rota (Bergamo) and (Didi Hopkins (National Theatre, London) before setting up Commedia of Errors in 2013. He has directed 'Romeo and Juliet' (London), 'The Tain' (NI Tour, Italy and Ireland), 'The Very Special Letter' (Stendhal Festival of Art), Women Troubles (CQAF&NI Tour) and ‘Shakespeare’s Women’ (Lyric Theatre and NI Tour).

Tickets are £12, £10 (con) and £8 each for schools. Available from the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or online www.alley-theatre.com

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