The Tower Theatre Company is to present William Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the heart of historic Shoreditch, where the bard once saw his plays performed.

The Elizabethan classic will be staged in the stunning setting of St. Leonard’s Church on Shoreditch High Street between 19 and 28 May.

St Leonard’s Church is an appropriate place for this play to be performed, as it is here that Richard Burbage, the very first actor to play Macbeth, is buried.

Featuring Shakespeare’s most famous married couple, Macbeth is as popular today as when he wrote it 400 years ago.

Macbeth, an ambitious army general, meets three witches who predict a meteoric rise to the throne. The power-hungry Lady Macbeth plots with her husband to kill Duncan the king, setting them on a murderous mission that hastens their dramatic spiral into inevitable downfall. And the Weird Sisters are ever-present, spinning their web of destiny…

With drums, swords and a backdrop of war, this production is designed with strong military overtones, promising to use the eeriness of summer twilight in the church to full advantage.

Director Ruth Sullivan says, “As one of Shakespeare’s shortest plays, Macbeth never lets up in its intensity – and this production will do justice to that. It’s going to be exciting, action-packed and extremely bloody…”

St Leonard’s Church
Shoreditch High Street E1 6JN

Thurs 19 – Sat 21 May, 7.45pm
Sat 21 May, 3pm
Thurs 26 – Sat 28 May, 7.45pm
Sat 29 May, 3pm
Tickets £12 (concs £11) in advance, £14 (concs £13) at the door

Tickets: Tower Theatre Company box office
020 7353 1700 or online