Sunday, 29 May 2011

'Dunsinane' by David Greig

I went to see 'Dunsinane' at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh last night. I've always felt that Shakespeare was a little unfair in the way he portrayed Lady Macbeth but David Greig has done an excellent job in righting some of the wrongs done to her.
The play is actually a sequel to 'Macbeth' and is set some years after his death. With the apparently weak and banal King Malcolm on the throne Lady Macbeth, who goes by her own name of Gruach, plays out a clever political game against the English who were occupying Scotland at the time.
The play has some clever touches such as the use of Gaelic and music to highlight the cultural differences between the Scots and the English and there is a great deal of humour as well as some dramatic moments. Siobhan Redmond is excellently cast as Gruach and Brian Ferguson is hilarious in the role of Malcolm.
It's moving to Glasgow on 7th June and then to the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Well worth seeing.


  1. Hey, thanks for the review & spreading the good word. Glad you enjoyed the show.

  2. Went on to the NTS website and saw the trailer - it looks great! Just wish it was coming further north.