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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Theatre review: Goblin:Macbeth is an innovative and interactive theatrical event

The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents Goblin:Macbeth until September 24.

In Goblin:Macbeth, three goblins, driven by a curiosity about human culture, stumble upon a copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Fascinated by the blood-soaked tales and supernatural elements, they seize Bard on the Beach’s Howard Family Stage, enlisting the audience’s help in interpreting Macbeth

Amid their bloodlust and struggles with reality, they dissect Shakespeare’s directions, English language intricacies, and the art of theatre itself in an innovative and interactive theatrical event.

Utilizing the remnants of the Henry V set, which plays in repertory with Goblin:Macbeth, the goblins skillfully assume various roles, toggling accents and personas. The actors’ talent shines in their seamless portrayal of these multiple characters, and their impeccable comedic timing provides much laughter. However, this occasionally makes it challenging to follow the storyline as characters and jokes intertwine in complexity. 

Throughout, the goblins engage the audience by integrating them into the show. From inviting them into the theatre to arming them as Macduff’s warriors, the audience becomes an essential part of the experience, supporting the goblins’ appetite for chaos and ensuring their theatrical debut’s success.

Crafted by Rebecca Northan and Bruce Horak, this creation features original on-stage music by Ellis Lalonde. The goblin attire, designed by Philip Edwards, adds to the mystique. 

While entertaining, if you’re seeking a more traditional interpretation of Macbeth, this might not be for you. It’s also worth noting that the performance includes mature content, making it unsuitable for those under 12.

The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents Goblin:Macbeth as part of its 34th season in Vancouver’s Vanier Park until September 24. Visit for tickets and information.

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