A major new professional Shakespeare company which aims to bring quality productions to regional theatre, launches in Kent this November with Macbeth, it’s been announced.
The Shakespeare Project will perform at Salomons Estate, Tunbridge
Wells, an original Victorian Theatre, in a thrilling new production of the Bard’s darkest play.
It will star RSC actor and director, Peter Basham, in the title role, with Aaron Sidwell as Macduff and Louise Jameson as a gender-swap Queen Duncan.
Macbeth is the tale of a devastating thirst for power and its terrifying consequences, of unbridled ambition and serial murder, of supernatural forces and the psychological fallout of a world in turmoil.
This contemporary production explores the dark and uncanny corners of Shakespeare’s shortest but most intense and eerie tragedy.
Also appearing in the production are Aamira Challenger, Tom Chapman, Vangelis Christodoulou, Ffion Jolly, Adam Sopp, Sarah Wadell and Gerald Bishop.
The Shakespeare Project was set up earlier this year by artistic director Peter Basham to bring top quality professional Shakespeare to the South East of England.
Following a successful fundraising campaign, its first production, Macbeth, is about to begin rehearsals.
“I’m delighted to have assembled such a fantastic team both on and off the stage,” said Peter.
“Macbeth is a part that every actor dreams of playing and I am tremendously excited to start rehearsals with such a talented cast”.
Former Dr Who star, Louise Jameson, who was recently nominated for a best actress award for a West End run of Vincent River, said: “Arguably Shakespeare’s finest play, about to be performed in one of Kent’s most glorious locations, with a new and innovative troupe.
“What’s not to love about this fresh look at a classical masterpiece? I’m very excited to be included.”
And former EastEnders’ star, Aaron Sidwell, added: “I am over the moon to have the opportunity to join this phenomenal new theatre company opening in Tunbridge Wells.
“Having grown up in Maidstone, but educated in Goudhurst, Tunbridge Wells ended up becoming my home in my teenage years.
“I was lucky enough to attend Yew Tree Theatre school and perform at the Assembly Halls on several occasions, so Tunbridge Wells is truly in my blood.
“Macbeth is a play I have always wanted to be a part of since studying it for GCSE.
“It’s exploration of the lengths a man and woman will go to, to achieve what they need or want are extraordinary.
“You need look no further for where the inspiration for Breaking Bad came from!
“To have this opportunity to perform it professionally is something I’m over the moon about. I was also recently part of an eight-person cast just like this doing Henry V and it made it so much more epic and dramatic for having the fewer numbers – people are in for one hell of a treat!”
Macbeth will be directed by Joseph Pitcher (RSC: Matilda The Musical), who said: ” What excites me about bringing Macbeth to life at Salomons is how aligned the venue and the story feel.
“The theatre is a majestic Victorian hall with all the grandeur you would expect from that period.
“But the moment you set foot in the space you know somehow that intrigue and drama are in its bones, almost like there are secrets hidden in every nook and cranny.
“Macbeth is a gripping psychological thriller filled with conspiracy, paranoia, betrayal and manipulation and, although the plot will be familiar to many, we are aiming to surprise the audience at every turn.”
Macbeth runs at Salomons Estate from November 5 – 24.