Notts: The Scottish play at Thoresby as the Clumber Players present Macbeth

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Something wicked this way comes to Thoresby Hall next month.

For three days, the Riding Hall will become the setting of one of William Shakespeare’s all-time greatest plays when the Clumber Players come together to re-enact Macbeth.

In their first play since their version of The Tempest last year, the Clumber Players will tackle a story of witches, war, power and murder.

Originally coming together in late 1979, the Clumber Players have predominantly devoted themselves to reproducing Shakespeare’s greatest work.

In 1980, the Clumber Players completed their first Shakespeare performance with their re-enactment of Twelfth Night and have since gone on to reproduce 18 of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

Next week’s anticipated performance will also be the second time the group will act out Macbeth.

The last time was almost 11 years to the day.

Considered one of Shakespeare’s darkest, but most powerful plays, Macbeth is a story of the corrosive psychological effect that is manifested from the ill use of power.

Written between 1599 and 1606, Macbeth tells the story of a brave Scottish general who is delivered a prophecy by three witches detailing that he will one day become King of Scotland.

Consumed by the three witches’ message, Macbeth kills King Duncan and takes the throne before being overwhelmed with guilt and paranoia.

The oppresive ruler is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from unwanted suspicion.

But his arrogance and madness overcomes him before he is killed.

Starting from next Wednesday (2nd July), the curtains will raise from 7.30pm for what is sure to be another masterpiece from the Clumber Players.

Tickets for next month’s event can be purchased and are priced at £10 (£8 concessions) from the courtyard box office on 01623 822009 (open 10.30am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday) or by calling 01909 731778.