King Matt & Macbeth - Summer On Stage 2016 // Lyceum Youth Theatre

King Matt & Macbeth - Summer On Stage 2016

This double bill is a culmination of three of our Summer On Stage 2016 projects which has seen 60 young people come together to develop and produce these two classic texts in just 2 and 3 weeks respectively.

King Matt by Stephen Greenhorn
directed by Drew Taylor

Will King Matt learn the lessons he needs to be a good ruler, a good politician, a good solider – And is any of that important as long as he is a good person?

King Matt the First was originally written in 1922 by Polish author Janusz Korczak who used his storytelling skills to discuss politics, education, and societal pressures all from the point of view of children. In Stephen Greenhorn’s adaptation of the English translation by Richard Lourie we are taken on a journey of adolescent authority, manipulation and, truth. King Matt offers a brilliant reflection on the expectations on young people as members of our society, and is as relevant today as it has ever been.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
in an abridged version directed by Becky Hope-Palmer

“Look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under it.”

Our adaptation of Shakespeare’s’ Macbeth see’s Becky Hope-Palmer strip the play to its vital elements and places it in a modern urban setting. The Housing Scheme on which this story unfolds is as bleak as the prospects the Witches whisper in Macbeths ear, as feral as the inner turmoil Lady Macbeth is consumed by, and as uncared for as the consequences Macbeths actions have on everyone he knows.

Cast and Credits

Director Drew Taylor
Assistant Director Kirsty Rennie
DSM on the book Paul Rodger

Director Becky Hope-Palmer
Assistant Director Jordan Blackwood
DSM on the book Claire Williamson

Set Designer Jason Dailly             
Costume Designers Hannah Wolfe
Assistant Costume Designer Ellie Finch
Wardrobe Supervisor Christine Dove
Lighting Designer Grant Anderson
Summer on Stage Producer Rachael Esdale

Technical Course Coordinator Mark Blythe

Dates, Times & Prices

22 - 23 July 2016

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
presented as a double-bill

Running time: Approximately 2hrs 20mins (including a 20 minute interval)


  • £8.50
  • £5.50 concessions