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The latest offering as part of the NT Live screenings is Shakespeare’s MACBETH .

This production as directed by Rufus Norris and starring Rory Kinnear and Anne- Marie Duff is bloody , violent bleak and set in a ‘timeless’ post-civil war /futuristic world .

Kinnear and Duff are excellent and give strong performances , leading the talented ensemble (most of whom double/triple roles ) in their uneasy nightmarish universe.

The evening begins and ends cyclically with a gruesome simulated decapitation.

The set design by Rae Smith has a black backdrop and a large sloping shifting ramp.  It also includes concrete bunker like designs , shredded bin liners, trees that look like giant mops, well worn weather beaten clothes and lots of garbage bags – creating an atmosphere of jagged uneasiness and  contemporary decay (Dunsinane is perhaps a partly destroyed housing estate) blended with Gothicky eeriness Continue reading N T LIVE: MACBETH- DARK, BLEAK AND DESOLATE


opening of the show with the Balladeer

kThis latest offering as part of the NT Live wonderful season is dark, disturbing and compelling.

The social comment and context is extremely important. Directed by Rufus Norris and adapted by Simon Stephens much is made of the savage despair of Brecht and Weill’s era and the ‘skint people ‘.

THREE PENNY OPERA tells the tale of how Macheath brings down the Peachum’s wrath on his head by marrying their daughter Polly before going on the run through London’s dismal brothels, with his former lover and one time collaborator Chief Inspector “Tiger” Brown in hot pursuit. Continue reading NT LIVE PRESENTS THREE PENNY OPERA

NT LIve: Everyman


This riveting production will enthrall you and give you much to think about.

EVERYMAN is Rufus Norris’s first production as artistic director at the National and is a contemporary adaption by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy of a medieval Mystery Play.

At times the rather galumphing rhyming couplets are witty, at times clunky and in the main powerful and dynamic.

The designs are quite sparse and functional, combined with excellent use of projections and special effects, storm crashes, lightning etc. The use of the revolve works well. Continue reading NT LIve: Everyman