One of the things I love most about London is that theatre is a dime a dozen here. Tickets to a Shakespeare piece at The Globe? A mere £5 for a groundling ticket. SO AWESOME. I bought a few groundling tickets for the 2013 Summer Season (Taming of the Shrew + Midsummer Nights Dream) but when it came to Macbeth? I got fancy stall tickets. And I paid £5 for cushions and a blanket. Also, because it's The Globe, we bought a bottle of delightful red.
Well, let's just say that the stalls aren't very big, you're all squished in and any movement means at least two other people are moving with you. Which isn't handy when you spill your wine down your white dress + almost down the back of the lady leaning against your knees.
That was an awkward moment.
However, Macbeth? LOVED IT. It was the second time I've seen it (the first being a show back in 2004 in NZ with the brilliant Michael Hurst) but there is something different about seeing it at The Globe open to the sky, as opposed to an underground theatre.
The oddest bit was with Banquo. I didn't recognise his face, but when he started talking in the first act I recognised his voice. It took a moment or two, because the big bushy beard, and shoulders out, chin up swagger was so different to the clean shaven little hobbit I remembered. Turns out that Billy Boyd, the very brilliant, very amazing Billy Boyd was playing Banquo.
I got all excited when I realised, flapping my hands, whispering quickly to Zee (who, of little faith, didn't believe me, and told me to 'prove it'. I looked it up then + there on The Globe's mobile site, who, sure enough, credited Billy Boyd).
To be fair, while he was amazing, so was Joseph Millson as Macbeth. On the side, the witches were phenomenal (LOVED them, and their appropriate witchy-ness), and Bette Bourne as the comedic porter definitely shifted the tone and was all round hilarious.
As a play, it asks a lot of heavy questions, and the weight of of the show was beautifully communicated. Even though I knew it so well, and both Zee and I were able to recite sections along with the actors, I hadn't anticipated being drawn in, how so much life could be given to words I already knew.
Oh actors, they do such amazing things with the written word.
Photo Credit to Ellie Kurttz. Cat Simmons, Moyo Akandé and Jess Murphy as the Witches with Billy Boyd as Banquo
Photo Credit to Ellie Kurttz. Bette Bourne as a the brilliant porter. Loved!
Loved it. I'm already anticipating next seasons line up.
PS - One of the great things about The Globe, is that for all their shows they do photos of the show, behind the scenes, rehearsal shots AND cast photos on their Facebook account. So fun! Good on you, Globe!