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English students watch National Theatre’s performance of Macbeth - 16/05/2018

On Thursday, May 10th, Year 11 students from University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN) went to see the National Theatre’s live broadcast of the psychological thriller by William Shakespeare.

The Tragedy of Macbeth is a story set in the ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. 

The trip aimed to provide students with a valuable opportunity to revise the plot and themes throughout Macbeth for their upcoming English Literature examination.

Performed by the National Theatre, the play tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth, who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia.

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedies. Directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road) Macbeth, played by Rory Kinnear (Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette) played the leading roles in what was a gripping broadcast.

The event was made even more special with an interview by the director, who discussed the premise of the play and his choices of direction.

Miss J Heaton, English Teacher at UCAN said: “What an opportunity – an exceptional revision aid! The benefits of being able to see a live performance so close to the exam has been invaluable for our students.

Shannon Yardley, Year 11 student said: “Seeing the play being acted on a real stage was so useful for my revision. Being able to see the emotion of the characters has helped me so much.