Theatre preview: Macbeth @
Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Published by Metro

29 November, 1.30pm & 8.30pm, £4,
Tron Theatre, Glasgow.

After Alan Cumming's one-man Macbeth bedazzled audiences at Tramway back in June, you might have expected to be waiting donkey's years for another intriguing spin on this classic tale.

But low and behold, Shakespeare's 'Scottish play' — which delves into themes of ambition, desire and the supernatural — is getting another modern makeover for one night only at Tron Theatre.

The dramatist's shortest and bloodiest tragedy is given a shorter and boozier adaptation by director Liz Carruthers, and stars Daibhidh Walker as a man who's stumbled into the Merchant City venue's bar after arriving on the mainland via ferry from South Uist.

As the wanderer captures our imaginations with tales of power, obsession and treachery involving the great and the good of Gaelic Scotland, we try to work out whether he's been driven mad by the demands of the woman he loves, or just drunk.

Commissioned by Glasgow Life as part of its Gaelic Drama Development programme, Macbeth features extracts in Gaelic courtesy of Ian MacDonald's translation.

And, at only £4, it shouldn't make a dent in even the tightest of Christmas shoppers' budgets.


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