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Dunsinane

Synopsis
Radio drama. As sequel to Macbeth, its narrative is formed by the events following the defeat of Macbeth by Malcolm and an English army in the Battle of Dunsinane. In Greig’s version, Lady Macbeth is known as Gruach. Having outlived her second husband Macbeth, after she had Macbeth kill her first husband, Gruach continued to enforce the Moray claim to the throne via herself and her son by her first marriage. The playwright parallels the attempted nation-building by the English leader Siward and the continued bloodshed against the English occupying forces with contemporary events in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also includes the Shakespearean characters MacDuff and Malcolm, as well as introducing new characters such as Siward’s English subordinate Lord Egham and a chorus of English soldiers.
Series
Drama on 3
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
30 Jan 2011 at 20:00 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
90 mins

Credits

Director
Roxana Silbert
Producer
David Ian Neville
Writer
David Greig
Music
Nick Powell
Cast
Ewan StewartMacduff
Brian FergusonMalcolm
Alex MannEgham
Daniel RoseEdward
Jack FarthingBoy soldier
Jonny PhillipsSiward, Earl of Northumberland
Joshua JenkinsEric
Lisa HoggHen girl
Sandy GriersonLulach
Siobhan RedmondGruach

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

History
The play premiered in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Hampstead Theatre from 10 February to 6 March 2010, directed by Roxana Silbert.

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
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London
NW1 2DB
Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
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London
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