Of course, there are layers and layers of interpretations and deeper meanings in Shakespeare’s text, but it’s been so long since I last saw Macbeth (bearing in mind that the first time I encountered Macbeth was at school), I had to re-absorb MTC’s production at a fairly superficial level. Hence I sometimes missed the more subtle twists and turns in this rather blood-thirsty production, but even so, the big picture is clear enough!
I thought it worked quite well for the most part, although I’m still wondering about the opening scene of the witches meeting in a Scottish style bus shelter! On the other hand, there are lines that are familiar; who can ever forget “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble”?
However, the Fairfax review struggled with aspects of the production, especially the cuts in the dialogue to achieve a running time of just under two hours (imagine, a Shakespeare play with no interval!). The News Corp review made some interesting points, too.