Contender Charlie, China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre Present

Macbeth – Blood Will Have Blood

An unforgettable introduction to Shakespeare’s shocking story of ambition, greed and the abuse of power for 9-13 year olds.


Run time: 70 minute adaptation + post-show Q&A with cast

Age: Upper KS2 and lower KS3 (Years 5 – 8) | Subjects: English, PSHE

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"I am so pleased that their first experience of Shakespeare was so vivid and powerful."

Teacher, Higher Failsworth Primary School, Oldham

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Macbeth – Blood Will Have Blood

By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Nick Walker

A macabre porter invites us into Macbeth’s castle, taking us right into the dark heart of Shakespeare’s play. Razor sharp storytelling, eerie projections and a heart-stopping soundtrack take us on an immersive, break-neck journey through the blood-soaked world of Macbeth.

Reinvented for young audiences, Macbeth – Blood Will Have Blood is an accessible and unforgettable introduction to Shakespeare’s shocking story of ambition, greed and the abuse of power.

Following its hugely successful debut tour in Spring 2013, Contender Charlie, China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre have continued to join forces to tour a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth for children aged 9 to 13 yearly between 2014 and 2016, including a one-man version of the show.

‘It was without doubt one of the highlights of our year and easily the most impressive theatrical performance we have been to of any description. I cannot praise the production, acting and adaptation highly enough.’ Associate Deputy Head, Crab Lane Primary School, Manchester on Macbeth – Blood Will Have Blood

Public shows would also be available.

For more information, please contact Andrea Pieri Gonzalez

Photo © Arnim Friess

Booking Information

For schools, the production comes with an education package to deepen engagement with the show and its themes beyond the theatrical experiences and extend students’ learning into the classroom. 

 The package aims to:

  • Show how the production is relevant and relatable to students’ lives

  • Enable conversations around important issues affecting children and young people today; 
  • Support the development of their creativity, resilience, emotional intelligence and autonomy 
  • Connect to the English and PSHE curriculum at both upper Key Stage 2 and lower Key Stage 3 

Previously this has included a post-show Q&A with the cast (hot-seating session) that explored the motivations of the characters, an interactive online resource and a teacher CPD session.

“Motivation to write increased and quality of all aspects of the curriculum was enhanced. Each class went on to read other Shakespeare stories after this.” – Teacher, Frederick Bird Primary School, Coventry on Macbeth – Blood Will Have Blood

For further information about this production and our Shakespeare adaptations, please email [email protected]

For schools

We want to ensure that all audience members feel welcome and are able to make the most out of their experience at the theatre. If you would like to discuss particular access or inclusion requirements, including those for special school groups and pupil referral units, please get in touch on [email protected].

Creative Team

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Contender Charlie

Contender Charlie uses storytelling & mythology to enhance & inspire the creative learning of young people.

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  • Writer | Nick Walker
  • Directors | Paul Warwick & Ben Walden
  • Designer | Fiammetta Horvat
  • Sound Designer | Elena Peña
  • Lighting Designer | Arnim Friess
  • Production Manager | Greg Akehurst
  • Technical Manager | Chris Whitwood
  • Stage Manager | Ange Thompson
  • Fight Director | Richard Hay
  • Filmmaker | Rachel Bunce
  • Producer | China Plate

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