Friday, June 16, 2006

"Hard pushed to see a better version"

More love for Macbeth's first preview, this time from An Englishman in New York.


So after three and a half hours of queuing yesterday morning, I got tickets to the opening night of Shakespeare in the Park's production of Macbeth.

Liev Schreiber (of the Scream films, Sum of All Fears, the Manchurian Candidate and The Omen plus a load of other stuff) played the title role, while Lady Macbeth was played by Jennifer Ehle (best known as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice opposite Colin Firth's Darcy). They were both outstanding - and the rest of the cast, many of which I'm sure a more cultured man would recognise.

The entire play was great, and I think that I'll be hard pushed to see a better version of the play any time soon (although Gill was a bit upset that Liev Schreiber didn't get his shirt off as Sean Bean had done when we saw him in the role a couple of years ago).

And another "must see" recommendation from Attempted Recluse:

...Although the script is used in its original format, the play was modified to take place around the time of World War I.

Liev Schreiber, who is probably most noted for his role in the Manchurian Candidate, played the lead role. The show was good but the sound needed work. Some characters were over-mic'ed while others were under-mic'ed. If you live in NYC, you must see this show.

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