Macbeth and Endgame to lead early year programme
Home has announced two classic plays as part of its 2016 programme with productions of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Samuel Beckett’s Endgame.
First up is Macbeth, starring John Heffernan and Anna Maxwell which runs 2 – 6 February 2016 and reunites director Carrie Cracknell and choreographer Lucy Guerin following their acclaimed collaboration on Medea at the National Theatre in July 2014.
When the prophecy of three witches proclaims that Macbeth (John Heffernan) is destined to become the King of Scotland, he and Lady Macbeth (Anna Maxwell Martin) embark upon a murderous journey of power, treachery, paranoia, betrayal, and suicide.
Running from 25 February until 12 March is Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, starring David Neilson (Roy Cropper in ITV’s Coronation Street) and Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow in ITV’s Coronation Street), an absurdist masterpiece about death and mortality. Endgame is a co-production between Home and the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.
Endgame is classic Beckett, finding laughter in the darkness in an absurd and macabre play which, melding tragedy and comedy, makes a grim joke of life.
Languishing between life and death, the chair-bound tyrant Hamm and his dutiful but resentful servant/companion Clov are irrevocably bound to one another. They pass their days in a filthy bare room, caught in a futile loop of pointless routines. Their endless and brutal verbal jousting match is punctured only by the nostalgic reminiscing of Hamm’s crippled parents, Nagg and Nell, reduced to living in rubbish bins.
Macbeth is performed at Home from 2 – 6 February 2016
Endgame is performed at Home from 25 February – 12 March
Tickets for both productions are available now at www.homemcr.org
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Image – Anna Maxwell Martin in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (photo by Richard Hubert Smith) and Samuel Beckett’s Endgame (photo by Reuben Paris)