Bard's dark tale given new life

Poulton Drama rehearsing for Macbeth.
Poulton Drama rehearsing for Macbeth.

A little piece of Scotland will be coming to Thornton Little Theatre next week with a local production of William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, Macbeth.

This play has never been staged in this area before, and the award winning Poulton Drama has taken on the challenge, following their outstanding success performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company last year, both at the Grand Theatre Blackpool, and the main stage at Stratford.
The cast were treated to a visit recently from RSC actress, Lucy Ellison, who played Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and led a warm up session prior to rehearsal.
She offered invaluable advice and experience in performing Shakespeare.
Director of the play Dave Twizell said: “It was wonderful to have Lucy among us and to feed off her enthusiasm and encouragement.
“The cast are working extremely hard to provide our audiences with a top class quality production.
“Rest assured, it won’t be what you expect!”
The group are particularly appealing to schools and colleges who may be studying Macbeth or Shakespeare on the current curriculum to witness the production - an invaluable way of bringing the play to life.
Local primary school teacher Anthony Henry is taking on the mammoth task of the title role, with Sarah Jane Stone as his viper-tongued controlling wife.
The play runs at Thornton Little Theatre from March 22 to 25 at 7.30pm.
Tickets can be booked online on www.poultondrama.co.uk or telephone 01253 200737.