RADS to perform updated version of Macbeth

A view of the auditorium of The Georgian Theatre Royal with its current seating.

Richmond Amateur Dramatics Society is gearing up for its summer production, which this year is a unique version of Macbeth.

Setting against the backdrop of the 2008 financial crisis, audiences will see fewer castles, less armour and less traditional costumery which are ordinarily seen in this Shakespeare classic and replaced with traders’ offices, stocks, shares, seduction and sharp suits.

Director Clare Allen, guest directing a RADS production for the first time, is no stranger to the Georgian Theatre Royal, as she is the venue’s chief executive.

Clare said: “It has been a lot of fun to parallel Macbeth’s greed, ambition and selfishness with the traits and reckless behaviour of an investment banker.  2008 was not that long ago, and people will remember how materialism and excesses led to dire consequences.

“The tragedy of Macbeth matches this narrative perfectly.”

The traditional storyline remains, and the classic Shakespearean language is on display throughout, as we see Macbeth, who is prophesised to become King whilst encouraged by his manipulative wife Lady Macbeth, struggle with the enormity of the deeds that have to be done in order to achieve this, and how his actions affect those around him.

Clare added: “Although very much a tragedy, the cast of RADS have managed to infuse the show with a lot of comedy to offset the torment.

“The hope is that the show will be very entertaining and, especially for newcomers to Shakespearean text, accessible. And for those who know the story very well, we hope they will find this rendition a lot of fun.”

Macbeth performs at the Georgian Theatre Royal on July 27 to 29, and again the following week, on August 3 to 5 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available via the website booking system www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk or via the box office on 01748 825252

Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society performs 3 plays a year, and is open to new members for both on stage and backstage roles. Monthly club nights open to members and non-members are held at 6-8 Castle Hill, Richmond on the second Monday of the month.

For further info about joining RADS please contact Gregan on secretary@richmond-ads.org.uk.