A new focus on Macbeth at the Mercury Theatre


Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth returns to the Mercury Theatre Colchester this October in a chilling new production starring Stuart Laing and Esther Hall.

Opening tomorrow and running until October 18, Macbeth is Shakespeare’s ultimate exploration of political ambition and the extraordinary lengths to which one couple will go to secure their place in history.

This striking new production, directed by the Mercury Theatre’s artistic director Daniel Buckroyd will grip audiences from its first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches’ prophecy.

Buckroyd’s setting echo’s current political unrest, and will closely explore how the loss of a child powers the heart of the story.

To emphasise the continual presence of children in the events, one child actor will play the role of all of the children in the story.

Juliet Shillingford’s stark design shears out into the auditorium over the top of the first row of seats, creating an intimate connection between the audience and the action.

Taking on the role of the ruthless Macbeth is Stuart Laing. Stuart’s theatre credits include A Streetcar Named Desire at Theatre Clwyd, Over Hear at Bristol Old Vic, and the UK tour of The Furies/Land of The Dead.

Stuart said: “I’m really looking forward to this exciting journey.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to bring this extraordinary story to life; it’s so visceral and compelling.

“I think everyone has a strong reaction to Macbeth because it’s such a human story and reminds us that we always have to be vigilant against destructive forces in ourselves and the world around us.”

Opposite Stuart, in the role of the manipulative Lady Macbeth, is Esther Hall (theatre credits include Inadmissible Evidence at The Donmar Warehouse).

Nicholas Bailey (Dr Anthony Trueman in EastEnders) will star as Macduff.

Nicholas said: “Macbeth is widely regarded as one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful plays.

“Cut through the pageantry and sweep aside the supernatural and what you’re left with is a terrifying picture of a world in which the future of a nation, indeed the very humanity of the man and woman at the heart of the unfolding political storm, hang on the fate of a single child”.

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