Shakespeare’s epic play about the power of evil, presented as part of the Durham Shakespeare Festival and the Durham Fringe Festival 2023

Conceived with Durham University and the Durham Fringe Festival as a way to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the publication of the First Folio edition of his works, the Durham Shakespeare Festival presented Macbeth with A Midsummer Night’s Dream using the same company of 13 actors.

Rehearsed side by side by two different directors over three weeks, they were performed in different venues across Durham County and in the heart of Durham City itself, capturing the range and versatility of the world’s greatest playwright.

Performed at: Ushaw House, Assembly Rooms Theatre, Durham, Palace Green, Durham

CAST (in alphabetical order):

Michael Blair – Macduff

Steve Byron – Duncan, Porter, Old Man, Old Seward

Heather Carroll – 2nd Witch, Gentlewoman, Seyton

Alexander Arran Cowan – Donalbain, 1st Murderer, Apparitions, Young Seward

Alice Faith – 3rd Witch, Fleance, Young Macduff, Messenger

Jake Jarratt – Ross

Elaine MacNicol – 1st Witch, Lady Macduff, Servant, Caithness

Luke Maddison – Sergeant, 2nd Murderer, Apparition, Doctor

Hannah Ellis Ryan – Lady Macbeth

Danny Solomon – Macbeth

Ben Storey – Banquo

Alex Townson – Malcolm

Ben Welford – Lennox

Aaron Burton, Stella Dyer, Charlotte Jayne, Georgia Keys, Courtney Nixon, Lionel Yabantu


Directed by Jake Murray

Costumes by Anna Hayward, Abby Wilkinson, Emily Waller and Carrie Cheung

Lighting by Jessica Brigham

Sound by Chris Neville-Smith

Fights by Neil Tattersall and Rick Garrad

Movement by Jennifer Essex and Jake Murray

Stage Management by Lee Ward

Tech support by Andrew Glassford

PR by Rusby Media

Supported by Durham University, Durham County Council and the English Association