Sheffield Crucible transformed for Shakespeare’s Macbeth - VIDEO

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THEATRE lovers can enjoy a unique view of Shakespeare as a Sheffield theatre is rebuilt to stage one of his most famous works.

The Crucible is building an additional tier of seating behind its main stage to allow audience members to sit on all sides of the action for an in-the-round production of Macbeth.

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It is running the play as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations after re-workings of Hamlet and Othello, two of the Shakespeare’s other tragedies, proved successful.

The play will feature Spooks star Geoffrey Streatfeild as the power-hungry Macbeth and Claudie Blakley as his manipulative wife.

It will also feature four Sheffield boys.

Jay Olpin, aged 13, and Ethan Carley, 15, will share the roles of Third Apparition, Macduff’s son and a servant, while Charlie Norburn, 16, and 15-year-old Joseph Pass, will play Fleance, Second Apparition and Siward’s son.

Daniel Evans, Sheffield Theatres artistic director, said: ‘I’m thrilled to be continuing our tradition of staging Shakespeare on the Crucible stage.

“I am particularly excited that we are reconfiguring the auditorium so we can present this dark, psychological thriller in-the-round.

“It’s also terrific to welcome Claudie and Geoffrey back to Sheffield. Two of the finest actors of their generation, both are hugely experienced with Shakespeare.”

The play runs from September 5 to October 6.

* Tickets are on sale now, priced £17 to £25, from www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.