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Alley Theatre to host hilarious mock adaptation of Macbeth

15 January 2018

Acclaimed actor and director Benjamin Gould and the Commedia of Errors Theatre Company will bring their unique take on Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth to the Alley Theatre for one night only on Friday February 2nd.

The mock adaptation ‘Macbeth – That Scottish Play’ aims to seamlessly fuse modern comedy and drama with classical verse to bring new life, energy and insight to the classic play.

It promises local audiences ‘Macbeth’ like they have never seen it before - physical, guttural and intelligent - full of energy, comedy and all of the darkness and death that keeps audiences coming back to the classic.

The 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), with the three performers playing all the characters of the original.

Macbeth has been given a complete Commedia dell'arte makeover; keeping all of its truth and tragedy and combining it with physical theatre, slapstick comedy and stunning mask play.

It represents a perfect introduction to both Shakespeare and Commedia dell'Arte and is ideal 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.

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