On Tuesday 15th January a group of Year 11 Literature students travelled to London for a production of Macbeth. This production was being staged in the Sam Wanamaker Theatre which is part of the Globe complex on the South Bank. The Sam Wanamaker Theatre is very different from the Globe itself: the older open air theatre has a large capacity and is only open in the summer months.
The Sam Wanamaker, by contrast, has a very small capacity. It has been constructed by experts in the history of art and architecture - as well as master craftsmen - to fully resemble an early Jacobean interior theatre. Everything is made from carved wood using the carpentry of the time. The lighting is candles and the sound is all live. During this production much use was made of chanting.
It was a fittingly chiaroscuro production, half lights and murder predominating. Students had to stand - as the less expensive tickets would have dictated back in the early seventeenth century. I have suggested to them that next time they go they can aspire to actual seats!
Thank you to Mr Hill, Ms Gardner and Ms Dench for their support with this trip.