DD140726 is a newspaper clipping of a review of Macbeth (1971) by Peter Fiddick.
The photo above the article is shown in DD140754.
GREENWICH Peter Fiddick Macbeth IN HIS PROGRAMME note, Ewan Hooper draws comparison between Macbeth and modern figures, part de Gaulle, part military dictator seizing power for its own sake, and part Hitler, Manson, Ian Brady. Interesting ideas, but the very tidy world of Shake- speare's play does not, when put in ---------------------------------------- front of you really let the imagination get too far away from its own strong grip. So a production which, as this one does, shuns the ritual and cere- monial elements, ans also atkes a relaxed, low-key approach to the text, runs into the danger of simply sliding over the passions binding these people together, rather than getting to the play's human core in an anti-heroic way, which is what Mr Hooper seems to be after. It is a difficult approach, demanding more ability to weave the patterns of everyday speech out of Shakespeare's verse than most of the cast were capable -- including Alan Dobie's casual, loping Macbeth, too often sounding petulant rather than impassioned, jokey rather than man- sized. Too often lines are garbled or swallowed, and with them the rhythm of the play's development. In a pro- duction with some interesting effects of sound and vision for the super- natural--monster distorted ghosts 20ft. high, and a semi-musical setting of the witch chants in contemporary idioms--it is a pity the flaw is in basic human skills.