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Macbeth 1987Scottish Opera-Go-Round

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Scottish Opera-go-round mounted this fascinating adaptation of Macbeth in a staging which introduced the work of Richard Jones and Nigel Lowery to the company. The staging was startlingly effective, with sets almost in cartoon style - bright red for the most part.

In Jones's adaptation of the score, the necessary absence of a chorus allowed us to see a restoration of Shakespeare's trio of weird sisters, on stage for extended periods directing affairs (with one also taking the role of Lady-in-Waiting).

Macduff and Lady Macbeth both had embryonic big voices. Richard Berkeley-Steele had sung Fenton and Tamino with Glyndebourne but would eventually become an excellent Siegfried. Mary Lloyd-Davies later went on to sing the title role in Elektra.  Omar Ebrahim's voice was not on that scale, and was stretched to the limit - indeed he would have been unwise to sing Macbeth in any other circumstances.  But he gave a rivetingly-acted interpretation of the doomed thane.


Scottish Opera's Season - 1986/87

This season comprised Nine main stage productions plus an Opera-Go-Round staging with piano, and a most unusual Edinburgh Festival event.   The new productions were Carmen Iolanthe,  Intermezzo,  Flying Dutchman,   From the House of the Dead,   Billy Budd,  and  Madama Butterfly.  There were two revivals, The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville.  The Opera-Go Round production was of Verdi's Macbeth,  The season opened at the Edinburgh Festival, with a concert including music from Gershwin's Girl Crazy.

Performance DatesMacbeth 1987

Map List

Coplaw Theatre | Glasgow

19 Feb, 19.30

Students' Union | St Andrews

21 Feb, 20.00

Arts Guild Theatre | Greenock

24 Feb, 19.30

Tron Theatre | Glasgow

26 Feb, 19.30

Village Hall, Bowmore | Isle of Islay

28 Feb, 19.30

Corran Hall | Oban, Argyll

3 Mar, 19.30

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline | Dunfermline

5 Mar, 19.30

Village Hall, Ballachulish | Ballachulish, Argyll

10 Mar, 19.30

Shielbridge Hall | Acharacle

10 Mar, 19.30

Village Hall, Lochcarron | Lochcarron, Ross-shire

12 Mar, 19.30

Village Hall, Rogart | Rogart

14 Mar, 19.30

Victoria Hall, Cromarty | Cromarty

17 Mar, 19.30

Palace Theatre | Kilmarnock

19 Mar, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Dumfries | Dumfries

21 Mar, 19.30

Village Hall, Ullapool | Ullapool

24 Mar, 19.30

Thurso High School | Thurso, Caithness

26 Mar, 20.00

Grammar School, Grantown-on-Spey | Grantown on Spey

28 Mar, 19.30

Town Hall, Montrose | Montrose

31 Mar, 19.30

Tait Hall | Kelso

2 Apr, 19.30

Gardyne Theatre | Dundee

4 Apr, 19.30

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