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MACBETH Opens Tonight at CU-Boulder Theatre & Dance

You'd be hard pressed to find a spookier, creepier play in Shakespeare's canon than "Macbeth," with its bloody ghost, three weird witches and murder most foul. As the famous line goes, "By the pricking of my thumbs/Something wicked this way comes."

All of which makes Halloween the perfect time to experience the play. CU-Boulder Theatre & Dance will stage Shakespeare's darkest, most haunting tragedy Oct. 30 through Nov. 5.

"We'll pull out the witches as the primary force operating on Macbeth and his lady," says director Hadley Kamminga-Peck, a graduate student in theater. "At a time of the year when the veil is thin and mists obscure more than just trees, they can no longer be sure what it is that drives them into their murderous crimes - or what may await them on the other side."

The play will take place in the round in the close, dark atmosphere of The Loft Theatre. Kamminga-Peck says the production will feature eerie projections, lights and other effects.

"We are going to amp up the spooky factor," she says. "But as creepy as it's going to be, there also is going to be something sexy about it. What scares us the most is getting drawn in by something and having it suddenly turned on its head."

The 90-minute adaptation will be perfect entertainment for the spectral season.

"But it will be very recognizable as 'Macbeth,'" Kamminga-Peck says. "Shakespeare is my thing."


William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' for Halloween, directed by Hadley Kamminga-Peck, will play The Loft, University Theatre Building, University of Colorado Boulder. Times: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31, Nov. 1 and 2; 2 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Tickets: $12 general admission; $10 CU students; $5 high-school students. Box Office: 303-492-8181; or go to

CU Presents offers the best in performing arts on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, including the Artist Series, the College of Music, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, CU Opera, the Holiday Festival, the Takács Quartet Chamber and Encore Series, and CU Theatre & Dance.

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