Welsh Actress Sparkles in Bloody Tale; Review Macbeth Shakespeare's Globe

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PLEASINGLY, it is aWelsh Lady Macbeth, Laura Rogers, who really catches the eye in this startling opening to the Globe's Kings and Rogues Season.

Director Lucy Bailey combines all the darkness of a horror movie with steamy sexuality in a reading of the Scottish play that also has great psychological depth.

The production will stay in the memory for its unsettling images, enhanced by music that is appropriately played on bagpipes for much of the three hours.

Katrina Lindsay has swathed not only the pillars and stage with blackness but even the groundlings in the pit, whose heads emerge through holes in black cloth like customers of a barber. In this grim setting, the leading actors are in real danger of being upstaged by a sinister trio of Weird Sisters, who unusually spend much of the evening on stage, if invisible to the protagonists.

They herald the death of a King and oncoming tyranny but it requires the vaulting ambition of a true warrior to bring about his own destiny. Elliot Cowan's Macbeth is a mass of contradictions, but all too humanly so. He is loyal to Duncan until egged on by the wife whom he ravishes in front of our eyes. …