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Macbeth

Synopsis
Video recording of Peter Gill’s 1971 production of Macbeth for the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival. Ian Hogg and Pat Galloway are the Macbeths.
Language
English
Country
Canada
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
9 Jun 1971

Credits

Director
Peter Gill
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Alan Laing
Production Design
Deirdre Clancy
Costume
Deirdre Clancy
Cast
Ian HoggMacbeth
Pat GallowayLady Macbeth
Kenneth WelshMacduff
Stephen MarkleMalcolm
Neil DainardBanquo
Barry MacGregorRoss
Bernard EngelCaithness
Brian SinclairYoung Siward
Chris AnsteadMacduff’s youngest son
David King (3)Macduff’s youngest son
Don SutherlandMenteith
Eric DonkinWitch (1st)
Guiseppe CondelloDonalbain
J. Kenneth CampbellAngus
Jack RobertsMurderer (2nd)
Jeff JonesMessenger
Jeff JonesMurderer (3rd)
Joan CampionWitch (2nd)
Joel KenyonMurderer (1st)
John MaclennanMacduff’s eldest son (Macduff’s son)
Joseph RuttenSiward, Earl of Northumberland
Joseph RuttenMessenger
Karen LudwigLady Macduff
Malcolm ArmstrongLennox
Mark Jacobs (2)Servant
Mervyn BlakeKing Duncan
Michael LiscinskyPorter
Michael LiscinskyCaptain
Ruby HolbrookGentlewoman
Sheila HaneyWitch (3rd)
Stanley ColesSeyton
Susan ChappleServant
Theodore BrittonServant
Thom HayesFleance
Tim WhelanOld Man
Wyman PendletonDoctor of Physic

Additional Details

Theatre
Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario
Theatre company
Shakespeare (Stratford) Theatre Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
No period
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

History
The production played in repertoire June 9-16 October 1971.
Stills
` ... Among those ideas was the notion that Macbeth’s Scotland must be presented as a tribal society. Thus Duncan always appeared with his thanes clustered about him like Indian braves around their chief in a Western movie. This conceit was enhanced by draping the thanes in what appeared to be Navajo Indian blankets, and by having them dine seated around something very like the floor of an Aztec temple. I suppose the designer, Miss Deirdre Clancy, must take some responsibility for these inventions, and also for the costumes of the "poor people" and the riot police, as well as Lady Macbeth’s bare feet and homespun gowns. Taken together, these seemed to me to constitute a set of stupefying incongruities, and I am at a loss to explain them’ {Berners W. Jackson, op cit].
Reviews
Jackson, Berners W. Shakespeare Quarterly 22 (1971): 368-70. Jackson comments: ‘It seems to have occurred to him [Gill] that Shakespeare, in writing Macbeth, did not give us the whole picture’.

Archive

Name

Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival Archive

Contact
ECharendoff@stratfordshakespearefestival.com (Archives Co-ordinator)
Web
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/AboutUs/OurHistory/ArchivesServices External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 519-271 1040
Fax
+1 519-271-1040
Address
350 Douro Street
P.O. Box 520
55 Queen Street
Stratford, Ontario
N5A 3S7
Canada

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