Shakespeare Festival - Macbeth

9 and 10 July 2021
Cloisters
Shakespeare Festival (c) Bill Smith

The words of William Shakespeare will echo around Norwich Cathedral’s Cloister once again as the open-air Shakespeare Festival returns for summer 2021.

After last year’s festival was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Cathedral is looking forward to welcoming back The Lord Chamberlain’s Men this July to perform a powerful production of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

Macbeth will take to the stage in the historic surrounds on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 July. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 6 April 2021. To book tickets click here

Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2021
Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2019
Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2019
Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2019
Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2019
Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2019
Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2019
Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2021
Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2019
Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2019
Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2019
Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2019
Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2019
Norwich Cathedral Shakespeare Festival 2019

Keeping people safe continues to be the number one priority at Norwich Cathedral and the Cathedral has achieved Visit England and Visit Britain’s official We’re Good To Go mark which highlights Covid-secure venues.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men’s production is also registered as See It Safely compliant, meaning the production strictly adheres to all government and industry Covid safety guidance and every effort is being made to protect audiences and company members at all times.

Peter Stickney, TLCM’s Artistic Director, said audiences could expect a “thrill-ride from start to finish” with their latest production.

He said: “I am incredibly excited to be amongst the first in the country to bring live theatre back to audiences. We have been lucky enough to make and enjoy theatre in special outdoor settings for many years and I hope those looking to once again experience top-quality theatre will join us to enjoy this unique theatrical experience.”

He added: “This year we will be running the production without an interval. This will aid our Covid security planning but happily suits the play down to the ground. We are well-practised in using challenges as artistic opportunity and this is a perfect chance to do just that.
“One of Shakespeare’s shortest plays, this intense and passionate story really benefits from this treatment. Expect sword fights, stunning poetry, smoke, fire and drums as this epic play gets our usual epic treatment; I can’t wait for our audience, those new to us and those we are welcoming back, to see it.”

A gripping tale of supernatural magic, vaulting ambition and the perils of an insatiable lust for power, Macbeth puts the spotlight on one of Shakespeare’s most chilling couples.

Emerging victorious and decorated in war, Macbeth receives a thrilling pronouncement from three weird sisters who prophesy he will one day be King of Scotland. Overcome by ambition and driven on by his powerful wife, Macbeth sets in motion a terrible sequence of events from which there is no turning back.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men are a modern day incarnation of the Bard’s own travelling troupe of players, and they will be performing Macbeth just as it would have been played out in Shakespeare’s day - with an all-male cast, full Elizabethan costumes and traditional music and dance.

The company have spent more than 15 years entertaining audiences across the country and beyond, and at Norwich Cathedral they have previously performed The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men will perform Macbeth in Norwich Cathedral’s Cloister on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 July 2021 at 7pm. On both nights, doors will open at 6pm for people to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the Cloister before the show.

Tickets cost £20. Concessions (over 60s, NUS and under 16s) £18.
Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 6 April 2021. To book tickets click here

Seating is provided but unreserved and the performance will run straight through with no interval.

Pictured above are images from The Lord Chamberlain's Men's 2019 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Norwich Cathedral.
Pictures: Bill Smith