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Shakespeare spoof comes to Chatham stage

Date: 21/10/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

The Central Theatre continues its popular touring drama season with a humorous homage to one of Shakespeare’s greatest works next month. Elsie and Norm’s Macbeth, by John Christopher Wood, is an irreverent and wickedly funny send up of The Bard’s “Scottish play” performed by Tabs Productions. Fed up with playing Trivial Pursuit and watching Countdown, Yorkshire couple Elsie and Norm decide to go for a bit of culture and stage a production of Macbeth in their own living room. Before performing the play for their friends, however, Norm decides to re-write the story so that it will come across as “a bit snappier and more punchy”, to use his own words. The two of them then set out to play all the parts (except for Banquo and his son, who are played by two stuffed toy pandas wearing kilts). Add to this a witch who sings the blues, a right royal banquet restricted to beans on toast, the ghost of Banquo skulking under a tea towel, and you’ll realise this is going to be an exceptionally funny send-up, guaranteed to set Shakespeare spinning in his grave. Elsie and Norm’s Macbeth will be performed by London-based theatre company Tabs Productions, and runs from Monday, 3 to Wednesday, 5 November. All performances start at 7.30pm, tickets cost £16 and £14. After the performance on Monday, 3 November, there will be a free talkback session, offering the audience the opportunity to meet the cast and crew. To book phone the box office on 338338 or visit www.medway.gov.uk/theatrebooking