Shakespeare classic reimagined for Aylesbury

Rehearsals for Macbeth
Rehearsals for Macbeth

A brand new production of William Shakespeare’s passionate and psychological play Macbeth will run for four performances in April.

The play will be the first inhouse theatre show of the year at Queens Park Arts Centre in Aylesbury.

Starring local actors Alistair Sanderson and Jo Rothery as Lord and Lady Macbeth and directed by Limelight Theatre manager Dario Knight, the show is presented by the arts centre’s storytelling company Unbound.

One of Shakespeare’s most grimly psychological plays, Macbeth blends macabre magic with human vulnerability and brutality - all set against a doomed love story.

Mr Knight said: “Like any great play, Macbeth can be interpreted in any number of ways.

“It could be seen as a political discourse, a play about dark magic and psychology, or - as we present it - the story of two people whose love for one another slowly tears them apart.

“We’ve moved away from the old notion of Macbeth as a power hungry tyrant and his wife as a scheming femme fatale.

“Here they’re a caring couple acting purely out of love for one another - but they find themselves shattered by the consequences of a deadly decision I don’t really think either of them truly wished to make.”

The two lead actors are no strangers to the Limelight Theatre having appeared in various productions there in recent years including Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland and last year’s comedy revue Transcendental Mongoose.

Mr Knight said: “We’ve been lucky enough to put together a very strong cast, but with Jo and Alistair as the leads we’ve been especially fortunate.

“Their scenes in the play are in turn charming, chilling and heart breaking - together they’re spellbinding on stage.”

Macbeth follows the Limelight’s hugely successful A Celebration of Shakespeare show which was staged as part of the Shakespeare 400 festivities last year, and which featured speeches, scenes, sonnets and songs from across the bard’s work.

Mr Knight said: “We were overwhelmed by the response to Celebration. We played the show to a packed crowd, standing room only!

“Hopefully Macbeth will build on that success.”

Macbeth will be at the Limelight Theatre at 7.30pm on Friday, April 7, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday, April 8, and at 2.30pm on Sunday, April 9.

Tickets cost £8.50, concessions £6.50, and can be booked online at or call the box office on 01296 424332.

The Limelight Bar opens one hour before show start time, and the theatre doors open 10 to 15 minutes before curtain up.