I had the delight of going to the Globe Theatre on Tuesday 23rd August to see Macbeth with my boyfriend. Adam (my boyfriend) has never read or seen a Shakespeare play in his life so I took it as my duty as an English Literature student to open his eyes to the wonders of Macbeth (how cheesy).
We took an early train and arrived in London at about half 10, heading straight to Camden to do some Pokemon hunting – shamelessly. I’ve only been to Camden once before so I loved wondering around the individual shops and looking at the gorgeous vintage clothes.I had booked the 2pm showing but having faith in miserable English weather didn’t expect 29c to be burning down on my ginger skin for 3 hours straight! We stocked up on lots of drinks from outside the Globe, something I would not recommend, unless you somehow get off on buying water for £1.80; pure daylight robbery!
The performance had mixed reviews online but I was excited to see what the cast could bring to such a famous play. Some of the scenes were incredible, especially those of the supernatural nature. I particularly loved when Banquo’s ghost plagues Macbeth at a banquet – the cast used a black sheet pulled tight over Banquo to give the illusion of something terrifying and the outline of a face and hands desperately writhing to break free were visible to the audience. (I have to admit that it heavily reminded me of Voldemort but yeah.. anyway).Also, if you can afford the seated area and you don’t mind paying a bit extra I would totally go for it. Standing at night is totally different compared to midday in the hot sun and I have to admit that I felt pretty faint in the first act. I have actually seen people faint at night before too so sometimes the £5 bargain isn’t all that worth it if you miss half the performance!
Turns out Adam absolutely loved the performance and I am over the moon that he did. Even for someone who reads Shakespeare a lot, the language is often hard to grasp but it’s undeniable that with the Globe you are guaranteed a fantastic performance filled with energy.
Afterwards we had a lovely meal at the Pizza Express next door and the view over South Bank and the Thames was pretty lovely! I thought I would include some photos to show you too.
Overall, I think it’s safe to say that we loved the Macbeth performance and I can’t wait to go again soon. I’ve added the link below for the showings if you are interested in going yourself too.
I would definitely recommend checking out http://www.londontheatres.co.uk/ for more information about the theatres and what’s on in London!