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Macbeth

June 6 – September 13 · BMO Mainstage

On a blasted heath in medieval Scotland, three women tell a General that he is fated to be the King of Scotland. The image takes hold in his mind, and triggers a chain of decisions that leads to the murder of Kings, friends, mothers and their children. Shakespeare’s great study of power and corruption is both terrifying and sublime – and has never been more relevant.

One of two “truly must-see” Shakespeare productions in Canada in 2018. (Globe and Mail, Dec 27, 2017)

Directed by Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Chris Abraham (The Taming of the Shrew, Stratford Festival 2015).

 

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Photo Credit: Moya O’Connell as Lady Macbeth & Ben Carlson as Macbeth
Photo: David Cooper

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The Story

PROPHETIC WORDS
Macbeth and Banquo, generals in the Scottish army, are returning home victorious from battle when they meet
three witches. The witches prophesy that Macbeth will be appointed Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland. They also tell Banquo that his descendants will be kings.

THE ASCENT
The witches’ first prediction is soon realized when King Duncan of Scotland rewards Macbeth’s brave service in battle with a new title – Thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth is inspired by her husband’s report of the prophecy and his growing ambition. She persuades Macbeth to murder King Duncan during his upcoming visit to their castle; this will clear Macbeth’s path to the throne.

Later that night, after celebrating with Duncan and his entourage, they activate their plan and Macbeth murders the sleeping King in his chamber.

THE FLIGHT
Malcolm and Donalbain, Duncan’s two sons and heirs, fear for their lives and flee to England for safety. With Malcolm and Donalbain gone, Macbeth is crowned king.

PROPHETIC VISIONS
Intent on securing his royal power, Macbeth arranges for Banquo and his son to be murdered. Later, Banquo’s ghost appears before Macbeth at a formal banquet.

Macbeth seeks out the witches again, anxious for guidance. They warn him of Macduff, another nobleman who has also fled to England. They advise Macbeth that he cannot be harmed by any man born of woman.

Meanwhile, Lady Macbeth is increasingly disturbed by the decisions she and her husband have made.

OPPOSING FORCES UNITE
In England, Malcolm and Macduff decide to join forces. They plot their revenge and assemble an army to march against Macbeth.

FATEFUL OUTCOME
As his enemies approach Scotland, Macbeth remains confident of his own invincibility, convinced he is protected by the witches’ prophecy. Everything is at stake as Macbeth faces his ultimate destiny.

 

Cast & Creative Team

Lindsey AngellLady Macduff

Lindsey Angell

Lady Macduff

Lindsey happily returns to the beautiful Bard stage for her third season. Drawn to complex and challenging characters, Lindsey’s work has taken her across Western Canada. She recently performed in Butcher at the Cultch and has relished the opportunity to originate characters in several new Canadian plays including Liberation Days (Theatre Calgary), How to Survive an Apocalypse and The Romeo Initiative (Touchstone Theatre). Recipient of several nominations and Jessie Award– winner for Iceland (Dirt Road Productions). Lindsey is a graduate of Studio 58.

Scott BellisDuncan/Doctor

Scott Bellis

Duncan/Doctor

Scott returns for his twenty-fourth season at Bard. Past roles include Hamlet, Bottom, King John, Friar Laurence, Petruchio, Brutus, and Puck. Last year, he directed The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Scott has earned four Jessie Awards and 20 nominations as an actor over a 30-year career. He recently taught Shakespeare at the Citadel/Banff Academy and is the lead instructor for the Arts Club’s annual Actors’ Intensive. Scott also serves as Council President of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

Kate BesworthWitch 2/Fleance

Kate Besworth

Witch 2/Fleance

Previously at Bard: The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Merchant of Venice. Thank you for coming to see theatre!

Ben CarlsonMacbeth

Ben Carlson

Macbeth

Ben is very happy to make his Bard debut. He has played: Hamlet twice (Joseph Jefferson Award, Best Performance, Chicago 2006), Macbeth, Pericles, Benedick, Petruchio (Canadian Screen Award, Best Performance, 2015), Leontes, Brutus, Berowne, Apemantus, Octavius, Fluellen, Feste, Touchstone, and many others, at Stratford, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the National Arts Centre. He spent 12 seasons at Shaw, performing in over 25 productions. He has played in almost all the major regional theatre companies in the country.

Nicco Del RioMacduff's Son

Nicco Del Rio

Macduff's Son

Nicco is a recent graduate of Capilano University, and is unbelievably excited to be a part of Bard this year! After playing Peter in Capilano University’s Peter and the Starcatcher, Ensemble in TUTS’ The Drowsy Chaperone, and eight years of selftaught drumming, he believes he is ready to tackle this insane job. He would love to thank Gillian Barber, Bob Frazer, and the entire team at Bard for this dream of an opportunity.

Austin EckertRoss

Austin Eckert

Ross

Austin is stoked to be returning for his second season at Bard. Select theatre credits: Spring Awakening (Belfry Theatre); Miss Understood (the frank); HAIR (Mayfield Theatre); Mamma Mia! (Western Canada Theatre); and Beauty and the Beast (Arts Club). TV credits: Generation Y (Short); Supernatural (CW); The Rules to Move By (Short); The Magicians (Syfy); The Flash (CW); and The Colony (USA). Look for Austin in the new series Narcoleap. This one goes out to Grams and Pops.

Ben ElliottLennox

Ben Elliott

Lennox

Ben returns for his eighth season at Bard. Favourite credits: Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale; Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet; and the Bear in Elizabeth Rex. Ben is a multi- Jessie Award nominee and won for his Musical Direction for The Merry Wives of Windsor. Ben is an Artistic Associate of Bard and is currently writing a musical with Bard alumni Anton Lipovetsky, Josh Epstein and Kyle Rideout. He is a graduate of Studio 58.

Craig EricksonBanquo

Craig Erickson

Banquo

For Bard: (seventh season) King Lear, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Timon of Athens, Julius Caesar, All’s Well That Ends Well. Other theatre: Forget About Tomorrow and Angels in America - Parts 1 and 2 (Arts Club); Titus Bouffonius (Rumble); The Invisible Hand (Pi); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Arts Club/Blackbird); Tear the Curtain! (Electric Company); The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary). Film & TV: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bates Motel, Once Upon a Time, The Magicians, Supernatural, The 100, Lucifer, Backstrom.

Jeff GladstoneMalcolm

Jeff Gladstone

Malcolm

This is Jeff’s fourth season at Bard. Highlights include Comedy of Errors (Dr. Pinch/ Duke); Othello (Cassio); Pericles (Queen Dionyza); and directing the Riotous Youth Ensemble and Bard for Life. Other projects: Requiem for a Lost Girl (Vancouver Opera); Kill Your Lovers (Rhubarb Festival/Wild Project NYC); Lost Words Cabaret (Pi Theatre); and the upcoming feature Kingsway by Bruce Sweeney. Jeff is an improviser and teacher (VTS, International TheatreSports Institute), with two albums of music as Jeff Gladstone & The Bad Ideas.

Kayvon KoshkamSergeant/Seyton/Porter

Kayvon Koshkam

Sergeant/Seyton/Porter

“There is no slander in an allowed fool,” Twelfth Night. Kayvon was born and raised in Saskatoon and studied at CCPA in Victoria, BC. This is Kayvon’s fifth season with Bard on the Beach. He is the Artistic Director of SpeakEasy Theatre, and the founder of The Pull Festival: Vancouver’s 10 Minute Play Festival. Select theatre credits: Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave, Twelfth Night, and December Man (National Arts Centre); and Othello and Pericles (Bard).

Moya O’ConnellLady Macbeth

Moya O’Connell

Lady Macbeth

Seventh season at Bard. Ten seasons at The Shaw Festival. Select credits include Hedda Gabler; Maggie The Cat (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof); Mary (Middletown); Ellida (The Lady from the Sea); Tracy Lord (The Philadelphia Story); Yelena (Uncle Vanya); Julia (The Philanderer); Vivie Warren; Portia; Ophelia; Miranda and Imogen. Upcoming: remounts of Middletown at Crow’s Theatre in Toronto and The Wedding Party at the NAC.

Nadeem PhillipDonalbain

Nadeem Phillip

Donalbain

Hailing from Toronto, Nadeem attended Ryerson Theatre School where he trained with Ian Watson of the Stratford Conservatory. Selected theatre: Onegin, The Men in White (Arts Club, Jessie Award nominee for Best Actor); My Ocean (Vancouver Fringe); Movements No. 1&2 (Babelle); Never The Last (Delinquent); Doost (Neworld); and Cock (Rumble). This one — As You Like It — is for my family. All of them. I love you.

Harveen SandhuWitch 3

Harveen Sandhu

Witch 3

Harveen is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School and the Canadian Film Centre Actors Conservatory. She has enjoyed playing a myriad of roles over the years at Soulpepper, Next Stage Festival, Pleiades Theatre and The Shaw Festival, where she had the great privilege of playing Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. Harveen was most recently seen playing Elizabeth Darcy in the fan fiction piece Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in Missouri.

Emma SlippWitch 1

Emma Slipp

Witch 1

Career highlights: Henrietta, Silent Sky (Chemainus); Tabby, Elbow Room Café (Zee Zee); Lydia Languish, The Rivals (Blackbird); Annie, Farewell, My Lovely (Arts Club); Tina, Moss Park (Green Thumb); Sharla, Killer Joe (ITSAZOO); Lina Lamont, Singin’ in the Rain (Chemainus); Masha, Three Sisters (Only Child Collective); Regan, King Lear (Honest Fishmongers); and Rosamund, The Violet Hour (Belfry). She toured North America and Asia with Mermaid Theatre. Emma is a graduate of Studio 58 and fourtime Jessie Award nominee.

Andrew WheelerMacduff

Andrew Wheeler

Macduff

Andrew is delighted to be returning to Bard for his eleventh season, where favourite roles have included Mark Antony, Malvolio, Macbeth, Benedick, Ulysses, and Autolycus. He has just completed a five month Western Canada tour of Onegin, presented by the Arts Club. Other recent theatre includes Footloose (Chemainus) and Les Misérables (Arts Club). Recent TV and film work includes Prodigals, Lucifer, iZombie, and Gracepoint. Look for him in Hir at Pi Theatre in the fall.

Chris AbrahamDirector

Chris Abraham

Director

Chris has directed across the country including eight seasons at the Stratford Festival, for whom he has directed Tartuffe, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Othello. In 2003, Chris directed the film adaptation of Kristen Thomson’s award winning hit I, Claudia for which he won a Gemini award. In 2013, Chris was awarded the Siminovitch Prize, the most prestigious prize for Canadian performing arts. He is currently the Artistic Director of Toronto’s Crow’s Theatre.

Christine ReimerCostume Designer

Christine Reimer

Costume Designer

Previous costume designs for Bard: Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s Rebel, The Tempest, and Titus Andronicus. Other favourite design credits include King Arthur’s Night (Neworld Theatre); The Audience and Pride and Prejudice (Arts Club Theatre); The Magic Flute (Vancouver Opera); and The Invisible Hand (Pi Theatre). Christine’s costume illustrations have appeared in several publications and exhibitions, most recently “The Art and Practice of Costume Design” (Focal Press).

Pam JohnsonSet Designer

Pam Johnson

Set Designer

Pam started with Bard in 1998 and was instrumental in designing the Bard Village and Entranceway. Bard credits include Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Cymbeline, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, King John, Richard II, Titus, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Measure For Measure and Richard III. Pam has received several Jessie Awards and a Career Achievement Award.

Gerald KingLighting Designer

Gerald King

Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer at Bard for 16 seasons. Gerald’s recent credits: Chariots of Fire (The Grand Theatre); Carried Away On The Crest of A Wave (NAC); The Cure For Death By Lightning (WCT); King Lear and Liberation Days (Theatre Calgary); Otello, Dead Man Walking, Evita, Die Fledermaus, and Tosca (Vancouver Opera); Beauty and the Beast, Jitters, Million Dollar Quartet, and Spamalot (Arts Club); Crazy for You and Ubuntu (Citadel); The Book of Love (Kokoro Dance); and Faerie Queen (Royal Winnipeg Ballet).

Owen BeltonSound Designer/Composer

Owen Belton

Sound Designer/Composer

Owen is excited to be returning to Bard for a third season and to be working with such a great cast and team. Dance credits include Emergence (National Ballet of Canada); Betroffenheit (Kidd Pivot/ECT); Parade (NDT); and Don Quijote (Ballet Nuremberg). Theatre credits include The Valley (Arts Club); The Romeo Initiative (Touchstone); and Initiation Trilogy (ECT).

Alison MatthewsHead Voice & Text Coach

Alison Matthews

Head Voice & Text Coach

Alison has been the Voice & Text Coach at Bard since 2009. She is Interim Program Director for the Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program and on faculty at the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive, and adjudicates competitive speech festivals across Western Canada. A professional actor for over 20 years, Alison works in radio, television, and film. Alison holds an MFA (specializing in Voice) from the University of British Columbia, and an Associate Diploma in Drama & Speech from Trinity College London. www.alisonmatthews.com

Jonathan Hawley PurvisFight Director

Jonathan Hawley Purvis

Fight Director

Jonathan has worked across Canada as an actor and fight director for both the stage and screen. He is a member of Fight Directors Canada and the Nordic Stage Fight Society in Europe. Selected credits: Antony & Cleopatra, Three Musketeers, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet (St. Lawrence Shakespeare); Shakespeare in Love, West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet, Spamalot, The Penelopiad, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel Theatre); I Am For You (Concrete Theatre); and Singin’ in the Rain (Chemainus). www.jonathanpurvis.com

Jacqueline LoewenAssociate Fight Director

Jacqueline Loewen

Associate Fight Director

Jacqueline has been an actor, director and fight choreographer in Winnipeg for the last 15 years. Selected fight credits include Hand to God, August: Osage County, and Romeo and Juliet (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Butcher (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Carmen, Tosca, and Otello (Manitoba Opera). Jacqueline was an assistant director for Bard on the Beach’s Shakespeare’s Rebel, and now having moved to Vancouver, is very glad to be working again with this company.

Stephen CourtenayProduction Stage Manager

Stephen Courtenay

Production Stage Manager

With a quarter century and 52 Shakespearean productions behind him, Stephen is eagerly anticipating this season’s presentations of Macbeth and As You Like It. The BMO Mainstage SM’s experience includes projects with the Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Calgary, Studio 58/Green Thumb, Touchstone Theatre, the Electric Company, and a decade with the Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble. Recent work includes a remounting of Leslie Mildiner’s adaptation of George Orwell’s Coming Up For Air at the Kay Meek Centre.

Rebecca MulvihillAssistant Stage Manager

Rebecca Mulvihill

Assistant Stage Manager

Rebecca’s previous credits at Bard include The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry VI, Richard III, King John, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Recent Stage Management credits: Topdog/Underdog and The (Post) Mistress (Arts Club); How to Survive an Apocalypse (Touchstone); Selfie (Théâtre la Seizième); and Sultans of the Street (Carousel). Recent Assistant Stage Management credits: King Charles III, Good People, and Educating Rita (Arts Club). She is a graduate of the University of Victoria.

Jenny KimApprentice Stage Manager

Jenny Kim

Apprentice Stage Manager

Thanks to Jonathan, Stephen, and Rebecca for giving her an opportunity to join the journey of Bard on the Beach. She is a graduate of UBC with a BFA in Theatre Production & Design. Jenny thanks her family and friends for their love and support. Recent apprenticeship includes Shylock (Bard on the Beach); Beauty and the Beast (Arts Club); Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell (Firehall Arts Centre); and A Little Night Music (Patrick Street Production).

Marie FarsiDirecting Apprentice

Marie Farsi

Directing Apprentice

Marie is an award-winning Vancouver director and creator as well as the Co-Artistic Director of Babelle Theatre. Most recent directing credits: Jeux de famille and Crème- Glacée (Seizième). Upcoming with Babelle: This, Here and All My Friends Are Animals (co-produced with Axis Theatre). Favourite directing credits include Movements No. 1&2, Rivulets (seven Jessie Award nominations), John & Beatrice, and The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide. She has also been an Assistant Director at the Stratford Festival and at the Arts Club.

Alaia HamerCostume Design Apprentice

Alaia Hamer

Costume Design Apprentice

Alaia is an emerging designer and artist located in Vancouver. Recent projects include Assistant Costume Design for The Humans (Arts Club); Set Design for She Kills Monsters (UBC); Associate Costume Design for Onegin (Arts Club); Costume Assistant for Wells Hill (Action at a Distance); Costume Design for The Cover of Life (TWU), Homeward Bound (Western Gold Theatre) and various Fringe works. Alaia is a graduate of the UBC Theatre Design Program and holds an English Literature degree.