Thoroughly modern Macbeth

PUBLISHED: 16:10 20 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:53 24 May 2010

A DARING new 'media-age' version of Shakespeare's Macbeth is about to be staged at the Bristol Old Vic. From a penthouse suite in a battle-scarred land, Macbeth fights for power as his fate is played out in the media age. War, murder and royal scandal are

A DARING new 'media-age' version of Shakespeare's Macbeth is about to be staged at the Bristol Old Vic.From a penthouse suite in a battle-scarred land, Macbeth fights for power as his fate is played out in the media age.War, murder and royal scandal are breaking news but no amount of spin can keep witchcraft at bay.Macbeth's world of corruption, prophecy and ruthless ambition is as darkly relevant as ever in this 400th anniversary year of the play. The play combines theatre with film, with segments of pop video and international news reports interplaying with on-stage action and Shakespeare's original text. Macbeth will be played by Robert Gwilym, who is best known for his long-running role as Dr Max Gallagher in Casualty, but has also appeared in Soldier, Soldier and Ultimate Force II.Katharine Rodgers takes the role of Lady Macbeth. Her recent stage appearances include Crocodile Seeking Refuge, in London, The Norman Conquests, in Birmingham, and The Wills Girls, in Bristol.Macbeth will run at the Old Vic from October 5-28. For tickets, priced from £6, call 0117 987 7877.

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