Multi-award-winning Mark Bruce Company present a striking dance theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a tragic descent into the darkest sides of human nature.
Goaded by the whispers of demons, the Macbeths (Jonathan Goddard, Eleanor Duval) unleash murder for their own gains and set in motion their path to madness and self-destruction, unravelling events in a nightmare they cannot control.
With a cast of nine and designed by the creative team that brought you Dracula and The Odyssey, this dance theatre production realises a beautifully harrowing vision of an internal wasteland formed from the pursuit of power through ruthless means.
Thu 25 Jan – Sat 27 Jan 2018
The Merlin Theatre, Frome
01373 465 949
Wed 31 Jan - Thur 1 Feb 2018
Theatre Royal Winchester
01962 840 440
Thu 8 Feb - Fri 9 Feb 2018
DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome
0844 338 5000
Fri 23 Feb - Sat 17 Mar 2018
Wilton’s Music Hall, London
020 7702 2789
Fri 23 Mar - Sat 24 Mar 2018
01473 295 230
Tue 17 Apr - Wed 18 Apr 2018
The Grand Theatre, Blackpool
01253 290 190
Tue 1 May - Wed 2 May 2018
Exeter Northcott Theatre
01392 726 363
Thu 10 May - Sat 12 May 2018
01722 320 333
Thu 17 May - Fri 18 May 2018
Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes
01908 324 466
★★★★ "From gibbering witches to cascading horror, this darkly hectic dance adaptation is beautifully executed… As with all of Bruce’s productions, this Macbeth is overwhelmingly strong visually. Daggers are everywhere: from the single blade that haunts the hallucinatory monologue to the opening battle scene, where the chorus of whirling, knife-wielding soldiers that Macbeth commands is not so much an army as a premonition of his own violent impulses."
★★★★ "Mark Bruce really puts the murk in Macbeth. It’s an unremittingly dark piece of dance-theatre for which Wilton’s Music Hall, with its atmospheric mixture of dereliction, grandeur and genuine chill, proves the perfect venue."
★★★★ "...those extraordinary dancers... Jonathan Goddard ...is a fine Macbeth, quiet ambition turning into hollow-eyed dread. His various pairings with his Lady Macbeth, the excellent Eleanor Duval, prove the highlights of the evening, as she coils herself around him, python-like.…"
The Evening Standard
★★★★★ "Mark Bruce’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, now showing in the unique space of Wilton’s Music Hall, is disturbing and exhilarating in equal measure."
★★★★★ "Not to be missed. It is true that theatre can move us in unexpected ways and Mark Bruce Company’s Macbeth definitely manages to shake and profoundly affect its spectators to the bone... I was completely transported."
★★★★★ "It's nice to be reminded of Shakespeare's mass appeal, the fact delivered beautifully by the Mark Bruce Company's stunning Macbeth, the Scottish play done without words, but with stagecraft of the highest intelligence informing every scene."
★★★★ "Goddard and Duval are spellbinding together, provoking and inspiring each other as they plot to fulfil the witches’ prophecy..."
★★★★ "There was an unexpected exquisiteness to Lady Macbeth, which came through in a solo dance in the first half, shortly followed by some palpable chemistry, as well as plotting and scheming, with Macbeth (Jonathan Goddard). Goddard’s portrayal of the title character is simply extraordinary – his torment, for instance, as the witches do their worst in the second half is highly palpable."
London Theatre 1
★★★★ "Incisive and thrilling dance-theatre…Mark Bruce Company’s wordless take on the Scottish Play is stunning."
The Arts Desk
"...captivated by a version of Macbeth that is modern and full of sensorial impact. Do not miss the opportunity to catch it."
The Ballet Bag
"The strength of the male dancing helps make this powerful theatre, especially Goddard’s high spiralling leaps, it seems driven by Pärt’s pounding music, and Guy Hoare’s lighting adds extra drama and Bruce makes his effects through his strong sense of theatre as well as his bold choreography."
British Theatre Guide
"Bruce’s musical instincts seldom fail him and the soundtrack — a seamless mix of Arvo Pärt, sound effects and a sprinkling of Schubert stitched together by Chris Samuels — is a perfect fit for the production’s unrelenting darkness."
“...the sound and fury are there as the dancers drown in blood and witchcraft."
The Birmingham Press