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Three To See 2017: Three Macbeths for juniors

By | Published on Friday 4 August 2017

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three Macbeth themed shows for children.

Brave Macbeth | Gilded Balloon at The Museum + Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre | 4-27 Aug (pictured)
I took my daughter to see ‘Brave Macbeth’ at Gilded Balloon At The Museum last year and it was so immensely entertaining that we would both have been more than happy to go back and see it again. In fact, we might have been perfectly happy to go back and see it again and again and again. The cast were brilliant, and the show was hilarious, which is possibly not what you’d expect when the source material is a tragedy, but, you know, it’s a great way to make Shakespeare’s darker work entirely accessible to kids.

Creepy Macbeth | The Royal Scots Club | 7-12 Aug
If, on the other hand, you have the sort of child older than nine that loves creepy stuff more than funny stuff (mine is a fan of both), this version of The Scottish Play might be a great option, and an added appeal lies in the fact that this one is performed by a young cast. Expect a mixture of Shakespearean and modern language, less alienating to youthful ears, and a show which doesn’t avoid the darker elements of the story.

Is This A Dagger? The Story Of Macbeth | Scottish Storytelling Centre | 3-20 Aug
In another, different approach to the Shakespeare classic, storyteller Andy Cannon gives you a one-man rendition, promising his audiences “a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again”. Telling tales this way is a wonderful tradition, and you can guarantee that this acclaimed writer and performer will keep your kids spellbound.