Thursday, August 22, 2013

BritLit- Macbeth at the Globe, London.....

                 .....and  Macbeth for Kids by Lois Burdett 

     Out of our entire trip, seeing Macbeth performed at the Globe was unforgettable!  It was so different from seeing the Royal Shakespeare Acting company perform As You Like It. Macbeth is a tragedy, so this performance was traditional, serious, and intense!   It was raw and gritty - even creepy when Banquo was haunting Macbeth. The acting company's costumes were so incredible, I just wanted to touch the velvet and see how heavy the dresses were.

All of us ambushing Billy Boyd
      A big surprise was actor Billy Boyd (Pippin from Lord of the Rings) played Banquo. I hear Patrick Stewart also did a performance here, too. It was a bit confusing though. Typical of Shakespeare, some of the actors played several parts. So one minute Billy Boyd is dead, the next he's back in a different role. The only way to really know what's going on is to study the play before you go. Bring in Lois Burdett again. We already used her children's book As You Like It for Kids and this time we used Macbeth for Kids. As they say, if something is too difficult for adults, write it for children. Even thought the playbill had a summary, without her book, I would have been so lost.

          The lead actors, Joseph Millson and Samantha Spiro had us mesmerized with their performance - especially when she started to go crazy and he was having visions of dead Banquo. Performances in the Globe are so traditional that the actors actually walk out into the audience. It felt like any minute he might grab you and yell into your face that death was stalking him -  like any minute Macbeth was going to snap! 
If I was in London for the summer, I would see it again and again.


Post a Comment