Detroit, MI 48201
William Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy Macbeth opens the Hilberry Theatre’s 51st season in Midtown Detroit. Playing September 20 through October 12, 2013, Shakespeare’s celebrated work is a riveting tale of greed and the lust for power; complete with jaw-dropping fight scenes and a bold cast of characters. Tickets for Macbeth range from $12–$30 and are available by calling the Hilberry Theatre Box Office at (313) 577-2972, online at Hilberry.com, or by visiting the box office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock Street.
Considered to be one of Shakespeare’s darkest tragedies, Macbeth is believed to have been written between 1603 and 1607. Macbeth, played by Miles Boucher, is a Scottish nobleman who kills King Duncan of Scotland and rules the country until he is killed in vengeance for his misdeeds. Duncan’s murder, and its effects on Macbeth and on Scotland, are the central elements of the play. Conscious of the evil his ambition has given rise to, Macbeth falls prey to the equal resolve of his wife, played by Annie Keris, and the supernatural powers of the Witches who convince Macbeth that he cannot be killed by any mortal, ultimately bringing him to his doom.
In his fourth turn at bringing Macbeth to the stage, guest director Paul Mason Barnes brings a highly-lauded directorial background to the Hilberry, with recent works including Twelfth Night (Great River Shakespeare Festival), Romeo and Juliet (Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Great River Shakespeare Festival), The Comedy of Errors (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Annie (Pioneer Theatre Company), and Macbeth (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis).
Barnes provides a traditional interpretation of Macbeth for Hilberry audiences that honors the author and makes this classic understandable for playgoers of all ages. Complete with witches, ghosts, apparitions, moving forests, severed heads, sleepwalking, and nail-biting stage combat, Barnes vision of Shakespeare’s riveting tale hurtles us headlong to its conclusion, with lots of bloodshed along the way.