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Macbeth: Summer Shakespeare tradition returns

Victoria University presents the Summer Shakespeare 2014 production of
Friday 14 February- Saturday 1 March, 8pm
Sundays 4pm
No show on Mondays

In a tale of betrayal, power, blood lust and maniacal action lies one of history and Shakespeare’s most dark and powerful tragedies. Coursing their way this February to the Botanic Gardens Dell stage is the annual Victoria University production of Summer Shakespeare’s Macbeth 2014.

Filth, gangs, drugs and alcohol are some of the few contemporary elements that accompany the intensity of Shakespeare’s powerful tale. Sarah Delahunty directs what is to be described as a cold, rough and gravel like aesthetic with some of Wellington’s best emerging artists. The power hungry Macbeth is played by Victoria University’s Jackson Coe and Kirsty Bruce stars as the maniacal Lady Macbeth.

Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy depicts a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of meddling witches that say one day he will become King of Scotland. Macbeth, power hungry for ambition and provoked by his wife Lady Macbeth, murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. As he rules as King, he spirals into madness and becomes a tyrannical ruler as he commits more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion.

Join in the Wellington tradition of Victoria University’s Summer Shakespeare production in the Botanic Gardens for an evening of bloodshed and betrayal in a spiralling hopeless tale of defeat. Bring a group of friends, a picnic blanket and feast, as you feast your eyes on a summer traditional highlight.

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