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The Mac­beths, Oct 3 and Oct 4, Dundee Rep; then tour­ing

Char­lene Boyd’s por­trayal of Lady Mac­beth last year earned her the Crit­ics’ Awards for The­atre in Scot­land nom­i­na­tion for Best Fe­male Per­for­mance.

She re­turns here for a re­vival of The Mac­beths – Do­minic Hill’s in­ti­mate and in­tense re-imag­in­ing of the Scot­tish play with Boyd per­form­ing along­side Lu­cianne McEvoy in the role of Mac­beth. McEvoy re­cently ap­peared in Tra­verse The­atre’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed pro­duc­tion of Ul­ster Amer­i­can at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val.

Hill adapted the work in col­lab­o­ra­tion with writer Frances Poet. He says the de­ci­sion to cast two women means this re­vival “will fo­cus on the same dis­in­te­gra­tion of a re­la­tion­ship, we will still plunge into a night­mar­ish, pur­ga­to­rial world. But there will be an ad­di­tional fo­cus on how these women op­er­ate in a male world, where vi­o­lence is seen to be the do­main of the male sex.”

Af­ter open­ing in Dundee, the pro­duc­tion tours to Galashiels MacArts (Oct 5), Pais­ley Arts Cen­tre (Oct

6), The Byre The­atre, St An­drews (Oct 9 to Oct 11), Mac­robert Arts Cen­tre, Stir­ling (Oct 12), Ed­in­burgh Tra­verse The­atre (Oct 16 to Oct 20), Eden Court The­atre, In­ver­ness (Oct 23), Pit­lochry Fes­ti­val The­atre (Oct 25) and The Bea­con Arts Cen­tre, Greenock (Oct 27).

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