Macbeth: Rydal Penrhos Pupils Praised During Visit to Shakespeare North Playhouse Production
September 20, 2023

To enhance their classroom learning, Rydal Penrhos pupils recently visited a modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

On Thursday 14 September, Rydal Penrhos had the pleasure of attending a captivating performance of Macbeth at the Shakespeare North Playhouse. Nearly 40 pupils and staff were treated to an evening of theatrical brilliance that seamlessly merged tradition and innovation.

Shakespeare North Playhouse, recently proclaimed Theatre Building of the Year at the 2023 Stage Magazine Awards, is a true architectural gem. As the Rydal Penrhos cohort stepped into its beautifully crafted wooden auditorium, it was easy to see why the venue was so highly acclaimed.

Pupils were treated to a production of Macbeth that offered a fresh perspective, transporting the timeless tale into contemporary times. Cutting-edge projected visuals added a modern touch, plus there was the unexpected inclusion of ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ during Macduff’s encounter with Malcolm in England, which injected a delightful twist.

The performance began with a haunting opening scene, reminding the audience of the historic persecution of women believed to be witches. The portrayal of the weird sisters sent shivers down the spine, especially as they prophecies echoed throughout the play.

The evening was filled with standout moments, such as the impeccably choreographed final duel between Macbeth and Macduff, accompanied by live bagpipe music. Similarly, Lady Macbeth’s haunting sleepwalking scene left a lasting impression.

However, one of the most memorable moments for our pupils was when Mr Williams and Miss Earle were invited onstage during King Macbeth’s banquet, where they experienced the terror of Banquo’s ghost appearing beside them!

The exemplary behaviour of Rydal Penrhos pupils did not go unnoticed, with the Front of House staff at the Playhouse passing sending the following message: “Special shout out to Rydal Penrhos School, who were fantastic this evening. The teachers were well-organized, and the students were exemplary, thoroughly enjoying the show.”

Thank you to our pupils, teachers, staff, and in particular everyone at the Shakespeare North Playhouse who delivered this fantastic production of ‘the Scottish Play’. We look forward to visiting again soon for more remarkable performances!