What’s On: Macbeth (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble)

Rebecca Murphy and Rob Pensalifini as the Macbeths. Image credit: Whitfield Photo


11 – 27 November 2022

Fringe Brisbane Hub, 23 Manning Street, South Brisbane

For the first time in the company’s 21-year history, Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble will perform William Shakespeare’s dark psychological thriller Macbeth. Directed by Angela Witcher, an ensemble of twelve actors will bring to life this complex story of power, ambition, betrayal, and loss, starring QSE Artistic Director Rob Pensalfini and long-time Core Ensemble member Rebecca Murphy as Lord and Lady Macbeth.

Power hungry warrior and Machiavellian murderess, or grief-stricken parents with a painful void to fill? Returning home from a bloody but victorious battle, Macbeth is met by the Weird Sisters who foretell that he will become King of Scotland. Emboldened by this prediction, the Macbeths take fate into their own hands, murder King Duncan and take the crown. But the crown sits uneasily and their initial act of ambition and unquenchable desire for power set off a catastrophic series of events that, once in motion, cannot be stopped.

As part of the season, QSE will once again be running its Shakespeare Beyond initiatives; A Night At The Theatre (ANATT) and Relaxed Performance. Established in 2016, ANATT invites patrons to donate the price of a ticket. QSE then works with community partners Australian Red Cross, Communify, and Arafmi to share tickets with people who might not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience live theatre.

A Relaxed Performance of Macbeth will be held at 2pm on Saturday, November 19th. Relaxed Performances are designed to welcome people who may enjoy a more relaxed performance environment, including (but not limited to) people with autism or individuals with sensory sensitivity. Parents and caregivers may also find the inclusive atmosphere relaxing with audience members free to move, speak, and respond throughout the performance.

For ticketing and further information, visit the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble website

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