Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Tackles Murder and Madness as 'Macbeth' Tries to Capture — and Keep — the Scottish Throne

This tale, directed by Miranda McGee, is set in 17th-century Scotland

Mar 25, 2019 at 12:27 pm
click to enlarge Kelly Mengelkoch as Lady Macbeth - Photo: Provided by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Photo: Provided by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Kelly Mengelkoch as Lady Macbeth

Cincy Shakes tackles this bloody and tragic tale of power and ambition as Lord Macbeth succumbs to murder and madness on his reign of terror and tyranny to capture — and keep — the Scottish throne.

A trio of witches reveals a prophecy that Macbeth will one day take the crown from the current King Duncan. Upon hearing the news, Lady Macbeth spurs her husband’s hand and the two concoct a Machiavellian plot to kill Duncan (and some other people) and seize Scotland.

It’s a dark, dramatic tale — Cincy Shakes calls it a “heart-pounding thrill ride” — and not suitable for children under 13. 

Directed by Miranda McGee, the 21-person cast features Giles Davies as Macbeth, Kelly Mengelkoch as Lady Macbeth, Grant Niezgodski as Macduff and Justin McCombs as Banquo. The production is set in Scotland between 1644 and 1645 "with timeless elements of horror and (the) supernatural."

April 5-May 4. $57 adults; $54 senior; $31 student. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine,