Media Release: Music. Ambition. Greed. Murder. A 21st century musical adaptation of Macbeth


TWIST Theatre Company (The Way I See Theatre), Hackney Empire’s new graduate company, brings the premiere of a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, set in the world of the British music industry, to C Venues, Chambers Street, for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 – Wednesday 03 to Saturday 20 August

TWIST’S Macbeth is a modern tale of lust for power, betrayal and murder within a fictional, thriving international music business based in London.

With an R&B, Grime and Afro Beat vibe, Street Dance and a lot of attitude, this is Shakespeare meets Channel 4’s smash hit hip-hop drama, Empire.

The production has been created and is performed by TWIST Theatre Company, a talented new company of young Hackney actors, musicians, dancers and singers (17-21 year-olds), who have graduated from Hackney Empire’s Artist Development Programme (13-17 year-olds).

This new theatre company – supported by Hackney Empire, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and The Monument Trust – is the next step on the path to a career in the industry.

TWIST Theatre Company – The Way I See Theatre – is a creative and political platform for a dynamic and diverse group of young emerging artists, based in Hackney, to tell stories through their own eyes and in a way that feels true.

Company members represent different cultures and backgrounds and share and combine their talents, tastes and influences. With the opportunity to refresh their minds, share their feelings and showcase their talent they create dynamic theatre that is a voice for their generation.

By bringing to life Shakespeare’s Macbeth with a mix of energy, passion and musical styles – Street, R&B, Hip Hop, Afro Beat, spoken word and Jazz – TWIST has created their own magic to inspire, challenge and connect with their audience.

TWIST Theatre’s Macbeth is directed by Susie McKenna (Hackney Empire’s creative director) with support from assistant director, Patrick Miller (Hackney Empire’s Artist Development Programme head of drama / Byker Grove).

The production’s musical director is Renell Shaw (Rudimental), the choreographer is Leroy Dos Santos (Flawless) and the lyricist / vocal coach is Theo Llewellyn (quarter-finalist – The Voice 2016).

Designer, Lotte Collett, has also worked on the visualisation and design of the project with the company.

In 2010, graduates of Hackney Empire’s Artist Development Programme formed their own theatre company, Hackney Harlem, and performed their production of A Midsummer Night’s Madness at C Venue, Chamber Street, for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

They won The Fresh Air award for Best show, gaining five-star reviews and playing to packed houses.

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Performance information, ticket prices and Box Office details:

Hackney Empire and TWIST Theatre Company (The Way I See Theatre) present


By William Shakespeare

A musical adaptation with an R&B, Grime, and Afro Beat vibe set within the British music industry – Shakespeare meets Channel 4’s smash hit Empire!

Adapted, devised and composed by young Hackney artists from TWIST Theatre Company

Directed by Susie McKenna

Venue details:

C +1, C venue (venue no: 34), Adam House, Chambers Street, EH1 1HR

Performance dates and times:

Wednesday 3 to Saturday 20 August 2016

16.30 (17.45) – running time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ticket prices:

£10 / £8.50 concession / £6.50 children – 3, 4, 5, 15, 16 August 2016

£12.50 / £10.50 concession / £8.50 children – 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 20 August 2016

£11.50 / £9.50 concession / £7.50 children – 10, 11, 12, 17,18, 19 August 2016

Box Office details:

C venues: 0845 260 1234

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: 0131 226 0026 /


Media contact for TWIST’s Macbeth:

For further information, images and to arrange interviews and review tickets please contact:

Paddy Cuthbert | Littlehouse Media | E: | M: 07913 951717

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