So, I’m sorry to say that the starry Olivier-platformed NT production of Macbeth is a dull disappointment. For me, I couldn’t find a single element that worked.
This play brims with warmth and humour by focusing more on resilience and acceptance, than abandonment and loss.
An anguishing set of circumstances have brought a separated couple back together – temporarily – after nine years without having set eyes upon each other. For it was nine years ago that their young boy died; an accident so traumatic that it drove them apart almost instantly.
We are in a fictional London suburb during World War Two, a boarding house, to be exact, in a town based, quite evidently, on Henley-on-Thames. The place is filled with the elderly – widows and widowers – all of whom are sheltering away from London, and away from the bombing and destruction.