Muscat: "Something wicked this way comes..." as Shakespeare 4 Kidz – the UK theatre company that specialises in creating easy-to-understand musical adaptations of Shakespeare's plays – arrives in Muscat this week with its thrilling musical version of Macbeth.
The performances on Thursday, 30 January, will be the first time that the company will be performing in the Sultanate of Oman, and are being hosted by The Sultan's School in All Hail South. The story of a noble Scottish warrior who becomes king after hearing the prophecies of three witches, Macbeth in the hands of this theatre company becomes a musical thriller filled with gruesome ghosts and bloody battles - even a forest that moves! It is guaranteed to keep kids of all ages on the very edge of their seats.
Starring as Macbeth will be Noel Andrew Harron, a favourite with audiences in the Arabian Gulf, and someone who appeared recently in the region as Caliban in S4K's The Tempest, as Mercutio in S4K's Romeo & Juliet and as Pinocchio in Pinocchio. The Irish actor is best known for his comedy roles and even manages to bring some of his special brand of humour to the "Scottish Play."
S4K's version of Macbeth is aimed at young audiences and families and tells the story with many of Shakespeare's original words woven into easy-to-understand modern language. The five star show has been described as "Eerily atmospheric, genuinely original, truly entertaining and stealthily educational."
A full list of the Macbeth Gulf tour dates is given below.
Macbeth's cast includes: Noel Andrew Harron (Macbeth), Michelle Cornelius (Lady Macbeth), Isaac Stanmore (Macduff), James Yeoburn (Banquo), Jane Kahler (Witch 1), Leyla Holley (Witch2/Lady Macduff), Richard Foster King (Witch 3), Colin Appleby (Duncan), Robert Rees (Malcolm), Harry Stone (Ross), Hywel Dowsell (Porter), Nathanael Campbell (Angus/Lennox), Matthew Harper, Hayley Alexandra Jones and Joe Sterling.
Acclaimed Shakespeare 4 Kidz does exactly what it says on the tin, bringing the world of William Shakespeare to the young people of the world. Their unique easy-to-understand musical adaptations of Shakespeare's plays form the basis of a complete understanding of his work. Daytime performances ensure that school parties can attend during school hours and evening shows are suitable for every member of the family.
The company's shows have been touring to Dubai and Abu Dhabi since 2007 and also regularly visit Sharjah, Bahrain and Qatar. The show is being presented at The Sultan's School, All Hail South, Muscat on Thursday, 30 January, with performances at 8.30am and 11.30am. Tickets priced OMR15 are available directly from S4K International on +44 1883 72344 or via Carolyn@shakespeare4kidz.com. As usual with all S4K performances, teachers go FREE.