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Set behind the closed doors of the City, can Dunsinane Hill Ltd stave off a hostile takeover by Birnam Wood?

Since the recession hit in 2008, the banking sector has been under continuous scrutiny. From inflated bonuses to rogue trading, the Square Mile has left the British public wondering what really goes on behind closed doors. Is it the behaviour of the few which is corrupt? Or has the need to advance one’s own position simply become endemic in business culture?

The press has plenty to say on the subject. ‘Outrage’ and ‘scandal’ are words which frequently litter front pages hungry for readers and revenue. The phone hacking and Savile scandals have proved that no institution is immune from blame, even if attempts to regulate the free media have as yet fallen on deaf ears. For as long as commercial agendas outweigh respect for privacy, anyone could be spied on, hacked into or whistleblown.

Through our reliance on reported information, it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish between rumour and reality. Who will hold businesses and the media to account? As Lord Leveson has recently discovered, regulating the press is no easier than regulating the tax arrangements of Google or Starbucks. Of course, the sensationalism printed in the papers could be an accurate reflection of the corruption in business, but how can we be sure?

Macbeth's themes of ambition, prophecy and power are just as relevant today as they were 400 years ago. Set in the offices of Dunsinane Hill Ltd, this modern interpretation of the play explores what might become the norm if current trends are left unchecked. Dunsinane Hill is facing an imminent hostile takeover by its progressive rivals, Birnam Wood Plc. Even though it has a virtuous MD, Duncan’s conservative values and liberal leadership style leave him exposed to disloyalty and mutiny. Macbeth, despite his ambition, is not yet ready for the top job. Siward, Birnam Wood’s ambitious young female leader, is.

As Macbeth and Lady Macbeth unravel under the consuming force of greed and determination, Hecate and her journalist witches snoop and report on the proceedings. Can they be trusted? If rogue trading and phone hacking are today's crimes, who knows what might be the weapon of choice in 50 years' time.

Thursday 10th to Saturday 26th October 2013. - 7.30pm
No shows on Sundays or Mondays.
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Victoria Claringbold
Miranda Colmans
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Tim Colmans
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