Globe theatre Macbeth production assistant director Alex
Ross (left), director Dale Neill and actor Juliet McLachlan
say their steampunk take on Macbeth will be 'like nothing
you've ever seen before'. Photo by Jonathan Chilton-Towle.
Shakespeare has returned to Dunedin's Globe Theatre for
the first time since 2008 and the new production of
promises to be a blast.
Set in a post-apocalyptic Dunedin, 600 years in the future,
the play tells the traditional Macbeth story with a
This dystopian imagining of Macbeth was dreamed up by
director Dale Neill, assistant director Alex Ross and
actress/costume maker Sophie Welvaert.
It was as if there was a world-ending event and everyone went
into hiding with only Shakespeare and tartan and came out 600
years later and formed a civilisation, Ross said.
''It's MacBeth for the new age.''
Neill promised this version of Macbeth would be like
nothing the audience had seen or would see again.
A huge number of females had auditioned and the production
paid homage to this by casting women in some major male
This turned the Shakespearean practice of casting males in
female roles on its head, he said.
The lead role of Macbeth is played by Miguel Nitis, Lady
Macbeth is Helen Fearnley, Macduff is Andrew Brinsley-Pirie,
and Sophie Welvaert is Banquo and Lady Macduff.
Welvaert also made the Scottish-inspired steampunk costumes,
which will be for sale after the production.
The play is set in Dunedin, so the castle becomes Cargill's
Castle and the great wood becomes South Dunedin.
The play is part of a fundraising effort to repair the
leaking roof of the Globe Theatre.
It was unclear what the weather would be like but if it did
rain, drips would add to the atmosphere of the dank, mossy
castle where the play was set, Ross said.
''We will have umbrellas for anyone who is bothered.''
• Macbeth runs until October 25. Tickets are available
online at www.globetheatre.org.nz or by
calling 478-0248. Sales are cash only.
- Jonathan Chilton-Towle