“This production is unmissable. There is no more efficient way to state it than that. Never before, to Folger’s knowledge, has Davenant’s Macbeth been staged, and it is unlikely to be a popular choice in the future given that precedent. The opportunity to experience not only a stunning production, but a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience Restoration English theatre as it might have been, cannot be passed up.”Claudia Bach, Reviewer, TheatreBloom.com
What impact did it make?
A NEW MODEL OF SCHOLAR-ARTIST COLLABORATION, PROVIDING UNIQUE AUDIENCE EXPERIENCES
Impact on repertoire and theatre revenue
The research inspired and enabled a major international theatre company—the Folger Theatre, Washington, DC—to perform Restoration Shakespeare for the first time in its fifty-year history. Folger Theatre is the arts division of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the world’s preeminent Shakespeare collection.
Macbeth generated $300K in box-office income. This was higher than usual for the Folger because the production achieved a capacity of 120% as opposed to Folger’s average capacity of 95%. In addition, in 2016, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Napa Shakespeare company in California jointly produced Restoration Measure for Measure, starring Derek Jacobi. Program notes reference Schoch’s 2014 workshop as the inspiration
Impact on the creative process, staging and artists
Macbeth successfully pioneered a new collaborative model by having a scholarly team embedded in the full rehearsal process, a new practice for the Folger. In an interview with the Broadway World theatre website, the production’s director, Robert Richmond, summed up the experience of working with the research team and with the Folger Consort musical ensemble which was also involved in the production:
The international team of scholars collaborating with us throughout the production process offers a unique and historic opportunity for the Folger Shakespeare Library, Folger Theatre, and Folger Consort to come together on a scale that has never been done before … I, along with our extraordinary creative team, have been working to uncover the dynamics of the unique structure of the original Restoration performance and to make the play as exciting for a modern American audience as it was for Londoners in the 1660's.
Impact on public awareness and understanding
The sold-out Macbeth production was seen by more than 6,300 people. Because Restoration Shakespeare is now rarely performed, the production gave audiences a unique experience, affirmed in The Washington Post's review of the production which hailed it as a ‘world premiere of sorts’ and said it offered a ‘rare glimpse of a nearly forgotten performance style.’
The project’s achievements:
- Enhanced academic, artistic, and public understanding of Restoration Shakespeare
- Created and empowered an international research community of scholars artists to undertake collaborative research during and beyond the project life cycle
- Significantly influenced the direction of theatre studies and musicology
- Benefited the general public by enhancing their understanding of Shakespeare's complex theatrical afterlife.
Impact related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
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Impacting in Countries/Regions
School/InstituteSchool of Arts, English and Languages
- Creativity and cultural understanding