Passion, power and desire will light up the stage this summer as The Australian Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s most relentless tragedy, Macbeth.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Glenn Elston’s Macbeth will envelope audiences in the blood, dark magic, sabotage, power and ghosts of eleventh century Scotland from 30 January to 6 March 2021.

A stunning mix of mind games and manipulation, the play sees Macbeth (Nathaniel Dean) inspired by his wife (Alison Whyte) to kill for the crown, after an encounter with the prophecies of three witches.

The play centres on Lady Macbeth’s yearning desire to be behind the man in power, before their consciences get the better of them and everything they try to create comes crashing down.

The Australian Shakespeare Company’s “Shakespeare Under the Stars” program offers something for everyone, having fast become an unmissable summer tradition for Melburnians and visitors alike.

Food is available to pre-order online and is delivered directly on the evening of the performance, with high and low chairs are also available for hire at the venue.

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