160 performances of Macbeth beginning in Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2011 through England, back up to Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland, ended in Germany (Neuss) Sunday June 10th 2012!
And what a day it was! With a matinée and eve performance, Icarus Theatre Collective’s Macbeth drew to a mammoth close with at least 6 or 7 curtain calls and a stampede resonating the entire SOLD OUT Globe Theatre in Neuss!
Lady Macbeth, played by Sophie Brooke gained many cheers and applause and was so richly deserved. Every cast member from Macbeth to the Porter, gained a great round of applause during the many curtain calls.
The set was then stripped down, packed in our touring van and our stage blood was mopped from the stage floor, stairs and walls!
All of the cast and Icarus production staff were left thinking by the end of the evening – is this REALLY it??
Drinks at the theatre bar and food for a truly exhausted cast followed and in the wee small hours of the morning all began to head back to the hotel.
The next day, the Icarus cast and production staff gathered for a meal before the cast headed to the airport to catch their flight back to London and the tour van went back via ferry to England.
Icarus Theatre Collective felt truly honoured to end The Macbeth Tour at The Shakespeare Festival in Globe Neuss, Germany and wish to thank all the festival staff and organisers for their great hospitality and hard work. Such a wonderful festival, we wish success and fun times for the rest of the festival!
Best Anecdote from The Shakespeare Festival… Ronin, our fight director gave an introduction on Friday ‘s performance of Macbeth at The Globe Neuss (one was held every performance of the festival) and during the interval an audience member approached him, having recognised him from the introduction talk, mentioning that he was loving the show so far but didn’t think that the throne was positioned in the best place on stage…Ronin, our quick-witted fight director said…’Don’t worry I’ll fix that for you’… After the interval the throne of course had moved…Now, for those of you that are not familiar with the show, the throne purposely moves after the interval anyway…but we liked to think that we made one audience member very, very delighted that day!
Icarus Theatre Collective will return with Romeo & Juliet in September 2012 but until then a HUGE thanks to all involved in The Macbeth Tour!
And to The Macbeth cast from August 2011-June 2012 (Joel Gorf, Sophie Brooke, Matthew Bloxham, Richard Hay, Costa Chard, Richard Maxted, Emma Carter, John Eastman) we wish you well in your future roles! And to Kaiden Dubois (Malcolm and soon… Romeo) and Zachary Holton we look forward to Romeo & Juliet rehearsals and the Romeo & Juliet Tour 2012!