Macbeth – The Musical

Macbeth – The Musical

By Paul Boyd, October 1994

Kabosh’s debut production is Paul Boyd’s comic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish play. Toured to Belfast, Portadown and Downpatrick.

Macbeth The Musical is a musical comedy based loosely on Shakespeare’s infamous Scottish play, populated with comically re-imagined versions of many the play’s best-known characters including Lord and Lady Macbeth, a plethora of Macduffs, the doomed King Duncan, the beautiful Banquette, as well as an entire Scottish army in disguise, the Glasgow Operatic Chorus in full voice, and three beehived witches in training.  The musical features a soundtrack of original rock, pop, and West End/Broadway-style songs, and it launched the careers of many performers who today continue to work in the entertainment industry in Ireland and the UK, including actors Jonjo O’Neill, Angela Waller, Niki Doherty, and Antoinette Morelli, choreographer Deborah Maguire, arts consultant/artistic director Karl Wallace, and QVC presenter Miceal Murphy.  

During its years of production the original Macbeth The Musical was staged at most of the professional venues then operating in Northern Ireland.  The final tour of the show, produced by Kabosh Productions, opened at the University of Ulster at Coleraine’s Octagon Hall in 1994, almost exactly two and a half years after the original production of the show first premiered there.

“an unusual and highly entertaining show …. Should appeal to anyone with a sense of humour”


Cast of nine includes Orla McKeagney, Karl Happe, Micael McBrian (Micael Murphy), Angie Waller, Antionette Morelli, Connor Mitchell, Debbie Maguire and Jonjo O’Neill.

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