15 November 2002
This shorter version reminded monkey of the one at Regent's Park some years ago. The text is similar, which means we crack along at a smart pace. This is mostly due to the energy of a brilliant young cast. The witches are rather attractive serving wenches in their spare time, Mark Bazeley gives Macduff punch and the rest put everything into their big West End chance.
Many eyes are trained on Sean Bean, and we do get to see rather a lot of him - in one scene in particular. His Royal Shakespeare Company background, combined with great direction here, give him a vibrancy and clarity that make his performance electric. Samantha Bond as his rather "society" wife matches him, and, if there is rather more gloss than gory emotion the play benefits.
Worth seeing as an introduction to theatre, a class in acting and just for sheer fun.
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