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What links Shakespeare with Johnny Cash and The xx?

This Spring, The Watermill Theatre present a bold new version of Macbeth fusing live music with Shakespeare’s thrilling tragedy.

Inspired by the fierce sounds of Johnny Cash, The xx and The Rolling Stones, The Watermill’s resident Shakespeare company combine electrifying actor-musicianship with a powerful new approach to the timeless play.

In times of uncertainty, power is within reach for those with the strength and courage to seize it. A ruthless, violent struggle for power leads to a devastating coup. Fuelled by greed, ambition and desire, the Macbeths will stop at nothing to survive.

Billy Postlethwaite will play the title role. His credits include Game Of Thrones (HBO), Chernobyl (HBO/Sky), Journey’s End (The Watermill) and The Madness of King George (Nottingham Playhouse). The cast also includes Victoria Blunt, Sally Cheng, Eva Feiler, Lillie Flynn, Emma McDonald, Peter Mooney, Offue Okegbe, Max Runham and Mike Slader.

[caption id=“attachment_44669” align=“aligncenter” width=“707”] A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Watermill, 2018.
L to R Tyrone Huntley, Sophie Stone, Victoria Blunt, Emma McDonald, Lillie Flynn. Photo Scott Rylander[/caption]

The Watermill Ensemble use innovative actor-musicianship to create exciting new versions of Shakespeare’s classic plays that are bold, fresh and daring. Last year, the Ensemble’s soul infused version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream thrilled audiences in Newbury and their prohibition era jazz reimagining of Twelfth Night transferred to Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

Blazing with tension, energy and passion, Macbeth runs at The Watermill from February 28 to March 30. Tickets £29 to £16. There are a limited number of £10 tickets available for those aged 16 to 25 to all performances, book by calling the Box Office on 01635 46044.

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