REVIEW ROUND-UP: Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe

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Iqbal Khan directs this latest production of Shakespeare’s bloody and violent tragedy, running in repertory at the Globe until 1 October 2016. But what have critics made of it? 

Guardian: ★★★ Michael Billington called it: “a bewildering evening.”

The Arts Desk: “One of the more disappointingly conservative offerings in Emma Rice’s new season, but lacking the old-school Globe continuous engagement.”

The Times: ★★ Ann Treneman was disappointed saying: “Iqbal Khan’s staging, with its bewitching music and strong leads, could have been so powerful but instead included jokes about Donald Trump.”

The Independent: ★★★★★ David Lister was enthusiastic about the production writing: “a thrilling, beautifully spoken production, with the richly evocative music a memorable backdrop to two riveting central performances. This is the Globe at its best.”

The Upcoming: ★★★★ “This is a refreshing production of Macbeth, certainly worth a watch.”

Telegraph: ★★ Dominic Cavendish commented that: “This production should be called Four Witches and a Funeral – the funeral being for a text that’s strangled and battered by indifferent to terrible verse-speaking.”

Time Out: ★★ “But it’s hard to escape the feeling that where Emma Rice’s season-opening A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a shining example of what can go right when you throw out the trad Shakespeare rulebook, Macbeth is an example of what can go wrong.”

Evening Standard: ★★ Henry Hitchings thought that: “The result is a Macbeth that doesn’t pack sufficient emotional punch and lacks tension at key moments.”

The Reviews Hub: ★★★ ” in spite of some very impressive elements, it lacks a clear identity.”

Financial Times: ★★★ Sarah Hemming felt that: “despite the setting and its current, troubling resonances, this production never really chills the marrow.”

Exeunt Magazine: “the final result is almost enough to make you forgive the miss-hits that came first.”

 

 

 

 

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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