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Macbeth


International Tour
August 2011 - June 2012
A co-production with King's Theatre, Southsea
in association with South Hill Park Arts Centre

Macbeth
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Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

Something wicked this way comes...

five starsRemotegoat
five stars Carrick Biz
five starsStage, Screen...
four stars ThePublicReview
four stars Oxford Theatre...
four stars Three Weeks

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"Max Lewendel’s production is fast-paced and pulls the audience straight in".
"The three witches, beautifully eerily played by Sophie Brooke, Emma Carter und Kaiden Dubois".
"Lady Macbeth (Sophie Brooke in an outstanding performance with haunting voice and facial expressions)".
"Particularly haunting is the piece because of the use of music and sounds, designed by Theo Holloway. The effect is outstanding".

-Von Magdalena Marek, Newsline, Germany

 

"Terrific and sneaky Sophie Brooke, who with complete use of her body congeals to a personification of power hunger."
"The glorious seven showed their solid presence in a realistic and straightforward production filled with the metallic rattle of cut and thrust weapons".
"Brilliant lighting design complements the performance and blood-red flashes in basalt steles stand for killing and murder".

-Dr. Günther Hennecke, Journalismus, Germany



"A remarkably high-octane Macbeth".
"Icarus Theatre Collective ensures that their shortened version of Macbeth is as action packed as it is exhilarating to watch".
"With sword, axe, spear and bare fist fighting it is an impressively energetic and dynamic production".
"The actor's reactions were fantastic".
"Sophie Brooke as Lady Macbeth brought a wonderfully unhinged quality to the play".
"Joel Gorf's testosterone-fueled Macbeth is vicious and ambitious as he powers through".
"The different characterisations are expertly realised".
"[Costa Chard's] anguish (as Macduff) at losing his beloved family is palpable and painful to watch as he kneels cowering on the ground".
"The supporting cast were compelling and made this concentrated version of Macbeth a dazzling, potent production".
"Striking performances, don't miss it".

-Victoria Claringbold, Remotegoat

 

"Fits the bill perfectly".
"The high-octane opening battle sets the scene for this dark tale on intrigue and violence".
"Fast-moving and unrelenting".
"Five Stars alone are due to the designers of the simple set and the expressive mood-setting lighting and sound".

-David Kerr, Carrick Biz

"Passion. Corruption. Revenge".
"Sophie Brookes’ Lady Macbeth is a guileful and carnal creature".
"The on-stage chemistry between Brookes and Joel Gorf is electrifying".

-Danielle Grogan, Three Weeks


"Director Max Lewendel has chosen accuracy over originality, which actually makes the production quite unusual in its own right, to create an almost perfectly accurate reproduction of the text".
"Good performances, particularly from the powerful lead Joel Gorf and Sophie Brooke’s wild-eyed Lady Macbeth".
"Zachary Holton, a great bear of a man, is perfectly cast as an amiable old Duncan".
"Slick and well performed show".

-Alice Longhurst, The Public Reviews

 

"A brooding psychotic Macbeth".
"Direction moves things forward at a fast pace, punctuated with some striking fight choreography which explodes onstage at the requisite points".
"Traditional and fast-paced, Icarus should be commended".
"Well-staged".

-Keith D, Edinburgh Spotlight

"Opening with a dramatic sword fight on a darkened set with a full moon shining down on the actors, and immediately we are transported into the world of Shakespeare".
"The stand out performance goes to Lady Macbeth played by Sophie Brook whose sinister plotting and eventual downfall is preformed pitch perfectly".
"The moon was very atmospheric".
"All the moments of treachery and bloodshed were absolutely thrilling".
"Absolutely spine-tingling!"
"Go and see!"

-Damien Bullen, Damowords

"A simple, direct and almost textbook interpretation".
"The extensive doubling, frequently requiring onstage costume changes, has the haunting atmospheric effect of making the witches seem constantly present".

-Gerald Berkowitz, The Stage

 

"Atmospheric depth is brought to Max Lewendel's production through the highly effective use of red lightening scars".
"The dark lighting throughout creates a chill in the air and maintains the tension as Macbeth reaches its bloody conclusion".
"Joel Gorf gives a charismatic performance as Macbeth throughout all aspects of the complex character, yet it is his terrifying portrayal of the frightened Macbeth, upon seeing Banquo's ghost, that wins the audience over".
"The portrayal of Lady Macbeth's torment is achingly haunting".
"The small and talented cast performed their numerous characters with ease, with kudos to Matthew Bloxham, who was almost indistinguishable from character to character".
"An entertaining and unique portrayal of Macbeth, suitable for all theatre lovers, with or without previous knowledge of the play".

-Emily Buxton, About My Area

 

"Icarus Theatre Collective's Macbeth is an impressive fluid production"."Clarity and adroit direction by Max Lewendel".
"Mayou Trikerioti's atmospheric set... is striking and provides the perfect backdrop for this taut dramatic tragedy".
"Theo Holloway's dynamic pulsating soundscape".
"The play explodes into action with a high-powered fight sequence using real swords, axes and spears that superbly captured the intensity of battle".
"Zachary Holton towers as the affable noble and majestic King Duncan".
"Joel Gorf plays Macbeth with a sincerity, commitment and belief. All strong and powerful to begin with and then slowly driven to questioning and despair as his quest for his predicted kingship dissolves into tatters".
"Filled with emotion".
"Mathew Bloxham is excellent as Banquo".
"A sharply observed element of comedy".
"Costa Chard's Macduff smouldered".
"A bloodthirsty graphic and vivid ending".

"This was a powerful and engrossing production that received enthusiastic applause from the audience and was richly deserved".

-Robin Strapp, British Theatre Guide

 

"The staging was stark, dark and fabulous".
"Excellent performances".

-Elaine Swift, Word Alchemy

"My heart missed a beat".
"An absolute thrill".
"I loved every second of it. I was mesmerised".
"Sophie Brooke as Lady Macbeth was outstanding, hope she becomes a big star".
"Matthew Bloxham as Banquo, Costa Chard as Macduff and Joel Gorf as Macbeth were all fantastic".
"Magnificent".
"Special mention for Zachary Holton as Duncan".
"Go see it".

-G Allan, A Shakespeare Journey


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