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Macbeth 2018

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.


★★★★ "...beautifully executed…" The Guardian

★★★★ "Dark, smart dance-theatre." The Stage

★★★★ "...everything in this production is perfectly judged…" The Evening Standard

★★★★★ "Disturbing and exhilarating in equal measure." Culture Whisper

★★★★★ "Not to be missed... I was completely transported." Stage Talk

★★★★★ "...stagecraft of the highest intelligence..." Broadway World

★★★★ "Goddard and Duval are spellbinding together..." Reviews Hub

★★★★ "Goddard’s portrayal of the title character is simply extraordinary..." London Theatre 1

★★★★ "Incisive and thrilling dance-theatre…" The Arts Desk

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.



Photographs © Nicole Guarino and Mark Bruce

A striking dance theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Braham Murray

It is with great sadness that we learnt this week of the death of our patron, Braham Murray.

It is with great sadness that we learnt this week of the death of our patron, Braham Murray.
Braham and Mark had worked together on many occasions and he was a close personal friend and long-term supporter of the company and its work.
We extend all our sympathies to his family and friends at this time.


Tour Dates announced

We are delighted to announce our 2018 Macbeth tour dates:
We are delighted to announce our 2018 Macbeth tour dates:

Thu 25 Jan – Sat 27 Jan 2018
The Merlin Theatre, Frome
www.merlintheatre.co.uk
01373 465 949

Wed 31 Jan - Thur 1 Feb 2018
Theatre Royal Winchester
www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk
01962 840 440

Thu 8 Feb - Fri 9 Feb 2018
DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome
www.dancexchange.org.uk
0844 338 5000

Fri 23 Feb - Sat 17 Mar 2018
Wilton’s Music Hall, London
www.wiltons.org.uk
020 7702 2789

Fri 23 Mar - Sat 24 Mar 2018
DanceEast Ipswich
www.danceeast.co.uk
01473 295 230

Tue 17 Apr - Wed 18 Apr 2018
The Grand Theatre, Blackpool
www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk
01253 290 190

Tue 1 May - Wed 2 May 2018
Exeter Northcott Theatre
www.exeternorthcott.co.uk
01392 726 363

Thu 10 May - Sat 12 May 2018
Salisbury Playhouse
www.salisburyplayhouse.com
01722 320 333

Thu 17 May - Fri 18 May 2018
Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes
www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk
01908 324 466

BlackBirdRedRose Studios

Mark Bruce Company is delighted to be moving into our own premises!


Mark Bruce Company is delighted to be moving into our own premises!

After a year of planning, we took possession of the keys to a fantastic large and versatile space in our home town of Frome, Somerset. Here we will be able to create and rehearse our theatrical and digital work, make and store set and costumes, expand our education programme and run the company. Within hours of signing the final paperwork we had already taken delivery of the first building supplies which will allow us to fit out the premises as a fully-equipped studio with supporting facilities. The sprung Harlequin floor will be the first addition followed by the construction of offices and green room.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made this move possible; we are looking forward excitedly to welcoming you to BlackBirdRedRose Studios!

Funding announcement

Four more years of regular Arts Council funding for Mark Bruce Company:

Four more years of regular Arts Council funding for Mark Bruce Company:

Mark Bruce Company is delighted to have been awarded four years of funding as part of Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations (NPO) 2018-22 programme. During the 2015-18 NPO period - the company's first - Mark Bruce Company produced The Odyssey, which toured to great acclaim throughout the UK, and will premiere a dance-theatre version of Shakespeare's Macbeth in January 2018.

The company's upcoming plans also include the move to a new company base in Frome and the return of its annual Summer School in 2018. Artistic director Mark Bruce says "NPO has allowed me to think, work, plan and develop as an artist, and for the company to be more ambitious. Continued NPO funding is excellent news for the company and our audiences, and we look forward to the next four years.”

BBC Young Dancer

Mark is honoured to have been invited to sit on the Contemporary Category Final judging panel for BBC Young Dancer 2017
Mark is honoured to have been invited to sit on the Contemporary Category Final judging panel for BBC Young Dancer 2017



Dancers aged 16-21 from across the UK have been selected through two preliminary rounds to compete in four Category Finals – Ballet, Contemporary, South Asian Dance and Street Dance. Twenty talented young dancers have made it through to the Category Finals of the competition.

The Contemporary Category Final is scheduled to be broadcast on Friday 14 April on BBC Four, before the Grand Final, which will be broadcast live from Sadler’s Wells on BBC Two, on 22 April.

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