Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare's Macbeth and then turns it up 'till the knob comes off. It's all there - a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, self-opinionated, powerful), Nanny Ogg (down-to-earth, vulgar) and Magrat Garlick (naïve, fond of occult jewellry and bunnies).
A brief summary of the play (from The other book review by EB):
"On Discworld live three witches, Granny, Nanny and Magrat. One day a baby is thrown into their laps and it happens that it is the son of the dead king. The king, murdered by the Duke, who wants to be ruler. Well, the Duchess want to be ruler actually: behind every good man, stands a better woman. Anyway, the witches decide to get the baby adopted by an actor and his wife, so he stays out of trouble until he is ready to rule as the new king. When everything goes awry with the Duke (the idea to burn down the whole forest amongst other things), the witches decide to speed up time about fifteen years. But is that the right decision?
This is the play, written by Stephen Briggs, of the book by Pratchett. And if the above description seems familiar, well, the story is an adaptation of the well known story of Macbeth by the even better known bard Shakespeare."
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|Granny Weatherwax - a witch||Sue Richards|
|Nanny Ogg - a witch||Heather Woodbridge|
|Magrat Garlick - a witch||Sophie Levine|
|Verence - late King of Lancre||Ian Maclachlan|
|Leonal Felmet - Duke of Lancre||Phil Tomlin|
|Lady Felmet - his wife||Elaine Dunn|
|Vittoler - an actor-manager||Chris Beesley|
|Mrs Vittoler - his wife||Katie Samkova|
|Fool - a Fool||Luke Burton|
|TomJon - son of Verence||Andrew Maclachlan|
|Hwel - a playwright||Simon Heffer|
|Assistant Director||Kirsty Beagley|
|Stage manager||Olly Welsh|
|Assistant stage manager||Kirsty Beagley & Caz Thomson|
|Set design||Simon Heffer & Olly Welsh|
|Lighting Design||Olly Welsh|
|Sound effects||Simon Heffer|
|Make up||Kirsty Beagley|
|Programme & tickets||myf|
|Box office||Sarah Hill|
|Front of House manager||myf|