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Preview - Macbeth

Macbeth, an audacious and dazzling new retelling of William Shakespeare’s tale of ambition, betrayal, and downfall and fusing live action with striking video technology.

Three mysterious figures enter the stage. They talk of the hurly-burly, of thunder and lightning, and of a young couple who believe they can overthrow the old regime. They conjure the Macbeths, placing them in a dangerous new world where paranoia, betrayal, and brutality rule.

imitating the dog's daring retelling of Macbeth is a neon noir thriller where Shakespeare’s original language collides with startling new scenes, stunning visuals, and a powder-keg intensity.

The new production's cast will feature Benjamin Westerby (All's Well That Ends Well and Wars of the Roses, (Royal Shakespeare Company) as Macbeth and Maia Tamrakar (Spring Awakening, Almeida Theatre and Rock, Scissors, Paper, Sheffield Crucible) as Lady Macbeth. The cast will also feature Stefan Chanyaem (Living Archive, Royal Court Theatre), Matt Prendergast(Dracula:TheUntold Story) and Laura Atherton ((Night of The Living Dead- Remix, imitating the dog), as the Witches/Ensemble.

Andrew Quick, Macbeth Co-Director and Artistic Director of imitating the dog said:Macbeth is an extraordinary play. Shakespeare’s exploration of power, ambition, violence, and love seems so relevant to today. We’re excited to be bringing Macbeth to the Gala Durham. It is a unique take on the original play, a Macbeth as you have never seen before, but still with Shakespeare’s story at its heart.”

imitating the dog have been making ground-breaking work for theatres and other spaces for 25 years. Their work, which fuses live performance with digital technology, has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people in venues, outdoor festivals, and events across the world. Past productions have included Hotel Methuselah, A Farewell to Arms, Heart of Darkness, Night of The Living Dead - Remix, Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show and most recently Dracula: The Untold Story.

Macbeth is at Durham Gala on Thursday 16 & Friday 17th March – tickets available at or 03000 266 600

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