New talent sought for staging of Macbeth

WELLS Theatre Festival, which will take place from June 20-23, 2024, has announced that its next community production will be Macbeth by William Shakespeare, performed in the historic Bishop’s Barn in Silver Street.

Festival organisers are looking for new talent to join the now well-established Wells Community Theatre Company which is made up entirely of residents of Wells and the surrounding communities.

Those taking part get the opportunity to work alongside professionals and present a performance to a live audience as part of the Wells Theatre Festival.

Artistic Director Ros Johnson said: “We are very excited to be staging Macbeth as part of the 2024 Festival. The play is rightly one of Shakespeare’s most famous and most performed works. We will be converting the Bishop’s Barn into an atmospheric theatre space in which we will recreate Macbeth’s castle. We are looking for new talent to join us, no previous acting experience is necessary, there are parts for everyone.”

Macbeth tells a story of the devastating power of greed and ambition. On a bleak Scottish moor, three witches tell the Scottish general Macbeth that he will be King of Scotland, but that after his death, it will be the descendants of his comrade Banquo who will inherit the crown.

Encouraged by his wife, Macbeth murders the king in his sleep and becomes the new king, but tormented by guilt, paranoia, and an obsession to keep hold of power, he murders again and again. Lady Macbeth also tormented by guilt, descends into madness. A civil war erupts to overthrow Macbeth leading to his downfall.

Auditions, which will be in the form of collaborative workshops, will be held on January 7, 2024. People who would like to take part or want to know more should email:

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