See Elsie and Norm’s Macbeth at Guildhall Theatre

Elsie_Norm_Artwork_-_courtyardThe delightfully funny comedy Elsie and Norm’s MacBeth will visit Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre on  February 2, at 7.30pm.

Elsie and Norm live in Laburnum Avenue in any town in the UK. They believe that the one thing that is lacking amongst their neighbours is culture.

So the intrepid pair set about correcting this shortcoming by getting their hands on a copy of the play Macbeth written by ‘the greatest playwright what ever lived – Shakespeare’ with the intention of presenting the play in their own living room and inviting the neighbours to their home to watch it.

Firstly, however, there needs to be a little work done on the play to make it more understandable for the audience.

For example; there are too many words and the play needs to be shortened. Then there is the question of Shakespeare’s poetry – it doesn’t rhyme, and Norman thinks it should do, so he sets about the task.

Both Elsie and Norm intend to play all of the characters but how do they get around the difficulty when more than two characters appear at the same time? Needless to say the problem is overcome in a highly amusing way!

Opus Theatre Company is a leading Staffordshire-based small-scale professional touring company that was founded in 1987.

Opus usually tour two productions annually each spring and autumn visiting regular theatre venues such as Stafford Gatehouse, Lichfield Garrick, and Wolverhampton Arena Theatres, and also several village halls out in the countryside where locals can enjoy live theatre productions on their own doorsteps thus avoiding difficulties of getting transport into the larger towns. As well as producing well known plays Opus also tour new plays – mainly comedies – which have proved enormously successful.

Tickets for the show, priced at £13.25, concessions £11.25, with group and school rates available, are available from Derby LIVE’s box office on 01332 255800 or online at