David Greig’s new play, a sequel to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, directed by Roxana Silbert, was presented by the RSC at London’s Hampstead Theatre earlier this year. The production will tour to two Scottish venues in May and June 2011, opening at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh in May 2011 and the Citizens Theatre in June 2011.
Attempting to restore peace and put in place a new ruler, the commanding officer is beset by a brutal guerrilla uprising and simmering discontent amongst his own inexperienced troops. Struggling to grasp the alien customs and politics of this harsh country, he finds himself drawn towards the tyrant’s powerful widow in search of someone to share his burden of responsibility.
Dunsinane is the setting for Greig’s play, the Scottish garrison town where the English occupying army are ready to commence battle and historically believed to be the site of a battle where Malcolm defeated Macbeth in 1054.
David Greig said: “I'm really excited that the RSC’s production of Dunsinane is going to come to Scotland. It’s a big, bold, dark story and without the National Theatre of Scotland it would have no chance of being seen here. Dunsinane emerged for me around five years ago when there seemed to be several productions of Macbeth being performed. Macbeth is about the toppling of a king. But I found I was interested in what happened after that king was overthrown. How does an army restore a kingdom to peace?”
He continued: “I also had a cheeky desire, to respond to the fact that the most famous Scottish play was written by the most famous English writer. I wanted to look at the story from a Scottish point of view. And who could resist the chance to revisit Lady Macbeth, one of the greatest characters in all drama?”
Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director, National Theatre of Scotland commented: “We are delighted and honoured to bring this extraordinary play by David Greig in Roxana Silbert’s beautiful production to audiences in Scotland. It seems fitting that the ideas in Dunsinane have provided the first link for us to work with the RSC. I know audiences will be thrilled by it.“
David Greig is a multi award-winning Scottish playwright whose work is regularly produced by the National Theatre of Scotland. His new version of Peter Pan for the company, is currently touring the UK and his forthcoming collaboration with director, Wils Wilson, The Strange Case of Prudencia Hart tours Scottish pubs and village halls in November 2010. His play with music, Midsummer was a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in London, at Soho Theatre, earlier this year. His most recent production for the RSC was The American Pilot.
Roxana Silbert directs the production - her first for the RSC as an Associate Director. She recently directed the world’s first Twitter production – Such Tweet Sorrow, for the RSC, Mudlark and 4ip, and directed A Comedy of Errors for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Roxana was previously Artistic Director of Paines Plough, Literary Director at the Traverse Theatre (2001-2004) and Associate Director at the Royal Court. Recent productions include Orphans by Dennis Kelly (Traverse/Birmingham Rep/Soho), Roaring Trade by Steve Thompson (Soho) and Dallas Sweetman by Sebastian Barry (Canterbury Cathedral).
The production is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, with lighting by Chahine Yavroyan and music and sound by Nick Powell. Movement is by Anna Morrissey and fights are by Terry King. Cast for the 2011 tour will be announced at a future date.