‘Double, double toil and trouble’

Catrin Aur as Lady Macbeth - photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
Catrin Aur as Lady Macbeth - photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Inspired by events in the war-torn Balkans, Dominic Hill’s production of Verdi’s

Described as “unsettling and full of tension”, Scottish Opera directors spoke of how the wellchosen music of Giusepe Verdi is the perfect soundtrack for this behemoth of Shakespearan drama.

A spokeswoman said: “The drama of Shakespeare’s play is underlined by the brilliance of Verdi’s score with David Stephenson reprising his Spring 2014 performance in the title role.”

The action comes to Eastwood Park Theatre as part of an outreach programme to engage the wider community in classic text, art, dance and opera — and pupils from Netherlee Primary have been given a chance to tread the boards with the professional artistes, after a series of workshops at the school.

Scottish Opera visited Netherlee to lead children in exercises and role-play, and six were selected to play parts in the production itself.

A spokesman for Scottih Opera said: “The libretto is largely lifted from Shakespeare’s writing but with action designed to engage today’s audiences.”

Seats are predicted to be sold out before the event but there is a chance of cancellations — opera fans are advised to call the box office to find out.