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7 Feb - 20 Mar 2014
Following the hugely successful production of Verdi’s Otello, Opera North presents another Verdian take on a Shakespearean masterpiece. Expect musical fireworks in a captivating drama about the nature of ambition, conscience and the human heart that has gripped audiences for centuries.
On return from battle, King Duncan’s generals, Macbeth and Banquo, encounter three unnatural women who deliver a strange prophecy. When Macbeth tells his wife of their prediction – that he will become King of Scotland – it leads to a chain of bloody, unstoppable events...
‘One of mankind’s greatest creations’ is how Verdi described Shakespeare’s play. Determined to transmute the ferocity of the original into music, he created a gripping, unparalleled work of ‘extravagance and originality’, displaying the full breadth of his genius.
Béla Perencz and Kelly Cae Hogan, who gave sensational performances as Wotan and his rebellious daughter Brünnhilde in 2012’s Die Walküre, star in Tim Albery’s excitingly dramatic and energetic production
‘...a fast, vivid, bloody and energetic Macbeth that grabs and keeps the audience’s attention.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Down to the last detail, Tim Albery’s production is thoughtful and penetrating, the evening absorbed by the enthralled audience in pin-drop silence.’ The Independent
Lasts approximately 2 hours 45 mins
Sung in Italian with English titles.
Tobias Ringborg conducts with subtlety and energy [...] Verdi would have approved.
Under Tobias Ringborg's baton the production is skilfully paced, the momentum sustained with no loss of detail, the orchestral playing full of drama and colour. The chorus makes the most of its central role, from the grotesque spells of the Witches to a heart-felt "Patria oppressa", one of Verdi's great choruses of patriotic freedom.
It's a bleak, unnerving piece of theatre that examines the corruption of intimacy by violence in a world where power is all. Personal and social boundaries are continuously under threat.
Béla Perencz is electifying as Macbeth. Paul Whelan as Banquo and Jung Soo Yun as Macduff, despite being consigned to the margins by Giuseppe Verdi, added huge depth of feeling to their characters with their glorious voices.
The Orchestra of Opera North, on this occasion conducted by Tobias Ringborg, proves itself once again to be top-flight.
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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre
The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.
Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.
Box office: 0844 848 2720
Enjoy 20% off your bill at Sandinista (Cross Belgrave Street - New Briggate) on presentation of your Opera North ticket when placing their food order. To book a table call 0113 305 0372. Food is served till 10pm through the week with final orders at 9pm Friday and Saturday. Only valid on the day of the performance their ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Box office: 0843 208 6000
There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level.
The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/
From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.
100 Grey Street
Box office: 08448 112121
Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.
The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.
There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.
Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.
Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.
The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.
Box office: 0115 989 5555
Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham
The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.
Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares.