Cathedral setting for special Shakespearian production

Elgin Cathedral is to provide a dramatic backdrop for a one-off production of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ this week.

The historic site will be used as the set for a touring company who are to perform the ‘Scottish play’ on Thursday.

Illyria travels with only a handful of props – preferring to use the natural scenery for their open-air productions at which the audience bring their own food and drink.

“Elgin Cathedral promises to provide a spectacular setting,” the group’s artistic director, Oliver Gray, said, adding: “We have a reputation for clarity and authenticity in our Shakespearian style.

“The production will use performance techniques described by the famous diary writer Samuel Pepys when he saw Macbeth twice in a fortnight in 1666.”

The Cathedral is an Historic Scotland site for whom Lorna Ewan commented: “Visitors will be able to sit on chairs or on blankets in the grounds and enjoy a picnic while watching the production.”

Gates will open on Thursday evening at 6.45pm with the performance starting at 7.30pm. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling 01343 547171.

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