Macbeth: ’Bard in the Yard’

Barbican Theatre Romeo & Juliet at William Yard (Aug 2016) - credit Gemma Ward Photography 150dpi

Macbeth will be the fourth production in Barbican Theatre’s popular annual ’Bard in the Yard’ programme, running outdoors at the extraordinary Royal William Yard site, adjacent to Plymouth’s historic waterfront. This follows their three hugely successful previous summer productions A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015), Romeo & Juliet (2016) and Twelfth Night (2017). The production is part of Barbican Theatre’s commitment to creating high quality, accessible work while supporting and developing local talent.

More than 180 professional and emerging actors applied for roles in Macbeth, which is the highest number of applications they’ve ever had. Barbican Theatre are excited to announce the actors playing the lead roles as Hassan Maarfi (Macbeth) who is currently touring Europe with the prestigious Vienna’s English Theatre and Seren Vickers (Lady Macbeth) who is currently performing in Katell Keinig’s Highway One at Wales Millennium Centre.

Joining Hassan and Seren are six emerging and dynamic actors; Abigail Cowan, Alexander Dover, Ruan Evans, John Inkerman, Danny Laine and John James McColl. As an ensemble they will play a number of parts including Banqo, King Duncan, McDuff, and of course The Witches!

Their Plymouth based Director, Jo Loyn, began her career as an actor 40 years ago with Plymouth Theatre Company (before the Theatre Royal was built!) and was a founding member of Drumbeat. Jo has directed a number of stage productions including Cornonation Street baddie Connor McIntyre (Phelan) in Berkoff’s ‘Harry’s Christmas’!

Recently Jo directed Barbican Theatre’s regional tour of Jon Nash’s Why Would You? and the highly regarded one woman play about autism ‘The Duck’ which appeared at The Plymouth Fringe before embarking on a regional tour. Dan Baker, Producer of Macbeth says “Jo is a fantastic director and her passion for, and knowledge of, Shakespeare shines through in her plans for this production. I have no doubt her modern, energised interpretation of this intense, dramatic tale will leave audiences gripped and longing for more. If you think you don’t you like Shakespeare we urge you to give our version a go – this production of Macbeth will offer a unique theatrical experience in a beautiful outdoors setting!”

Macbeth is a good man, a courageous war hero, respected and loyal. He recognises an opportunity for advancement, he is talented, ambitious….and his wife even more so. But what lengths will he go to secure his power and what will he do with this power?

Set in a war torn country Macbeth is a powerful metaphor for our times. This is a breathtaking and bloody story of ambition, treachery, power and guilt.


31 Jul, 1 – 3 Aug at 7pm

4 Aug 2pm & 7pm

5 Aug 2pm

7 – 10 Aug 7pm

11 Aug 2pm & 7pm

Watch the official Macbeth trailer at

The B-Bar will be on site with a selection of chilled alcoholic and soft drinks plus snacks and ice cream. We’re excited to be partnering with Column Bakhouse to offer Macbeth audiences freshly produced and locally sourced picnic boxes (including, of course, some of their delicious locally baked breads!) which they can enjoy in the garden before the performances begin. Picnic boxes can be ordered at the same time as you book your tickets at (vegan options available).

Tickets are on sale now priced: £19 full, £17 concessions (inclusive of all booking fees).

Book at, call 01752 267131 or at Barbican Theatre PL1 2NJ.

In the event of wet weather making us unable to perform outdoors, Macbeth will be moved to The Plymouth Athenaeum (Derry’s Cross, Plymouth PL1 2SW).

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