Scottish play has a demonic atmosphere

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THE SCOTTISH play is being performed in the picturesque Holywell Gardens by EODS.

The group takes on Macbeth, under the direction of Tim Marriott, from July 25-August 4 nightly at 7.45pm (except Sunday).

The play begins with the witches. James I, for whom the play was written, was an expert in witchcraft.

The first audience at Hampton Court would have been on the edge of their seats. Throw in a devil-porter, often mistakenly seen as simple ‘comic relief’, who invites the audience to join him in hell, add the murder of a Scottish King and Lady Macbeth invoking the powers of hell in a satanic prayer and one can see that Shakespeare was not afraid to be controversial.

We see in contemporary society today how religion is either abandoned or retreats into extemist fundamentalism.

Everywhere, new cults emerge as people search for easy, quick fix solutions, twisting texts to justify their own ambitions with disastrous consequences.

This is nothing new, and exactly what Shakespeare intended – to warn his audience, including a new king obsessed with witchcraft. There is covered seating and onsite toilets, with a bar and homemade cakes in the interval.

Tickets cost £13, call 412000.