July 20, 2014
PA: There were still a couple of roles floating around and we didn’t know always who was going to play who… When I first took on Lady Macduff, [Kip was reluctant to go with certain castings and] he would keep joking “Oooh! This is when she dies”
Q: [Are you amending Shakespeare’s text in any way? Are you performing the full play?]
KW: We’re doing quite a lot of it. We took into the [rehearsal] room almost the full text, barring some of the [expositional sentences], and then the cast themselves offered some things that they actually thought would be worth bringing back in… so we do quite a lot. We’ve made a few cuts in the past few days, to the rhythm more than anything. But it’s really in the fifth act where I’ve… I don’t want to give away too much, but there’s a slight different placement of some scenes, and it becomes very focused around Macbeth’s increasing isolation.