Historically, the Isle of Dogs has not had many places of entertainment in the 19th and 20th century, people tended to travel to Poplar or Greenwich for theatres and shows.
One notable recent exception has been the Space which is a performing arts and community centre based in a converted church. The Space is run by St Paul’s Arts Trust and puts on a large number of events per year.
Recently, I was sent the details of a new modern version of Macbeth to be produced by Early Doors Productions which is an Essex based Production Company.
The production reimagines the ‘Scottish play’ for a modern audience and features a gangster named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of whores that one day he will become the ‘King’. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders the current King and takes the throne for himself.
Needless to say it does not end well for our hero/villain.
The Cast List
Macbeth – Justin Cartledge
Lady Macbeth – Rachel Lane
Banquo – Darren Matthews
Duncan – Matt Jones
Donalblain – Ben Martins
Macduff – Matt Jewson
Lady Macduff – Amy Clayton
The Porter/Heccat – Julie Salter
Street Girl 1/Fleance – Hayley Webber
Street Girl 2/Lady Macbeth’s Attendant – Nicole Campbell
Street Girl 3/Lady Macduff’s Attendant – Jen Bell
The performance dates are 24th-27th May and tickets will be £15/ £12.
Tickets can be bought through the box office number is 0207 515 7799 or can be purchased online here.
As well as the attraction of the play, it is well worth visiting the venue which is one of the Island’s historically most important buildings.
The former church was constructed to the design of T.E. Knightley in 1859, the foundation stone was laid by John Scott Russell, the builder of the ship “Great Eastern”. The church, St Paul’s closed in 1972 and the site was used for other purposes until the 1980’s when a locally based group of individuals created the St Paul’s Arts Trust. After a considerable amount of work on the building, a new Arts centre was created. The building has a Grade II listing and the Trust includes Limehouse resident, Sir Ian McKellen as its principal patron and is a non-profit making registered charity.