Hugo Weaving reveals Macbeth's weakness – and his unhappiness

Hansen, Claire (2014) Hugo Weaving reveals Macbeth's weakness – and his unhappiness. The Conversation, 30 July 2014.

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[Extract] Sydney Theatre Company's new production of Macbeth may draw attention for its star, Hugo Weaving, but the most powerful agent of this production is the theatrical space.

Director Kip Williams has inverted the traditional theatre space: audience members enter through one side door and take their rather uncomfortable seats on what would be the stage/backstage of the theatre. In the program notes, Williams claims that "it is space that has conjured story".

We stare directly out at where we should be sitting: the stalls and balcony seats are empty, dimly lit and haunting. The vacant chairs are like dull eyes watching us, and their emptiness pre-empts the empty chair later in the play that the ghost of Banquo does and does not occupy (depending on who can see him).

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