William Shakespeare

The RSC Swan Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon

Director: Jonathan Munby

By setting Macbeth in the Middle East the position of women in society is explored. Today, after years of legislation for equal opportunities, a meritocratic society may still be an ideal; our own attitudes to modern, intelligent woman in politics may not be as enlightened as we think they are.

Lady Macbeth and her husband bring a more liberal Western sway to the orthodox 'Scotland' of Duncan's reign. Clothing moves from traditional burkhas to more revealing wear when the Macbeths seize power.

Arabic patterned screens are set within timbre columns which duplicate those existing in the Swan. The stage is covered in sand at the start. It is cleared by the Macbeths then, as Malcolm re-establishes the status quo, becomes covered again completing the cycle of the play . At various times TV screens, mounted on the balconies, broadcast CNN and Aljazeera news reports and also images of the ghosts.

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Costume
sketches
Arabic
patterns
Macbeth +
Lady Macbeth
Opening-
woman praying
Post
murder

Duncan
arrives
Technical
drawings
of chair
Witches
dancing
The
banquet
Murder
discovered
Preliminary sketches establishing the palette and mood for the clothing.
Macbeth
CAD drawing
of Plan