Shakespeare’s MACBETH to be presented at Thorneloe University

March 08, 2018

On the day after the Ides of March, a play with much history of supernatural happenings opens at the Ernie Checkeris Theatre at Thorneloe University on the Laurentian University Campus. Thorneloe Theatre Arts and Cambrian College Theatre Arts Technical Production programs are proud to present a tale of blood and intrigue – William Shakespeare’s MACBETH.

This is a story of betrayal, deception and death, and is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. MACBETH begins with Scotland in ruins after a devastating war with the Norwegians (read Vikings) and follows the rise of the Scottish noble, Macbeth, who murders King Duncan and seizes the throne after being told by three witches that he will become king. He has his best friend, Banquo, assassinated because Banquo’s family will raise a line of kings and Macbeth’s family won’t. Macbeth’s wife assists and goads him in his rise to power. He is finally brought down by Macduff, another Scottish noble whose family he has slaughtered.

The Thorneloe/Cambrian production takes place in the near future where the world has been devastated by war and is set in a bombed out theatre which may look slightly familiar, as one Stratford resident said on seeing the set.

This production is the final time Dr. Ian Maclennan will be directing at Thorneloe, as he finishes teaching at the end of this semester. He leaves at the beginning of April to direct a show in Manila, The Philippines.

MACBETH is being presented at the Ernie Checkeris Theatre at Thorneloe University on the Laurentian University campus. It runs March 16, 17, 22-24 at 7:30 PM, with a Sunday matinee on March 18 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $20.00 (adult) and $10.00 (students/seniors).  Free parking is available. Tickets are available at or can be reserved (and paid for at the door) by calling 705-673-1730 ext. 0.

Thorneloe University has offered academic programming in the humanities for more than 50 years. As a founding member of the Laurentian University Federation, and situated on the campus of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Thorneloe is home to the departments of Ancient Studies, Theatre and Motion Picture Arts, Religious Studies, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, as well the Thorneloe University School of Theology.

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Media Contact:

Dr. Ian Maclennan, Associate Professor, Theatre and Motion Picture Arts
(705) 673-1730, ext. 501,

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