Summer is almost upon us and preparations are well underway for this year’s Stafford Festival Shakespeare production of Macbeth at Stafford Castle, with demand for tickets outstripping that of previous shows by some distance.
With just under a month to go until rehearsals get underway at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, the Creative Team have been paying regular visits to the county town venue in recent weeks, and Director Clare Prenton and Casting Director Sarah Hughes have now finalised casting for some minor roles ahead of an official cast announcement next week.
What’s more, anticipation for Stafford’s summer showpiece event is as strong as ever. Advanced ticket sales for Macbeth are just shy of 5,000 – a figure considerably larger than that of recent productions at the same point in time.
Stafford Festival Shakespeare spokesman, Thomas Waldron, says:
“Macbeth is shaping up to be one of our most popular productions since the Festival began back in 1991. Along with the additional Schools’ performances we have added to the schedule this year due to considerable demand, a number premium and super premium performances are filling up fast so I would recommend anyone who is intending to see the show to book soon in order to avoid disappointment.
Last week we managed to cast the remaining minor roles using actors and young performers from the local area, and we will be making an official cast announcement very soon. All of the Stafford Festival Shakespeare team are extremely excited for this year’s show and we can’t wait for the start of rehearsals in just under a month’s time”
Macbeth will open on Thursday 28th June and run until Saturday 14th July 2018 at Stafford Castle, with tickets available from just £14. Full ticket information can be obtained from the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.com