Hickory – The Hickory Community Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s gripping tragedy, MACBETH, begins performances this weekend, October 14-16 in the Jeffers Theatre. A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia.

“Ever since I got to Hickory I’ve really wanted to a big, gothic sort of melodramatic horror show,” says Eric Seale, HCT Artistic Director, “That’s typically your Dracula or Frankenstein, but as I was trying to decide on a script I kept coming back this idea of doing MACBETH, but bringing in to that style, as if Bram Stroker worked on it with William Shakespeare.”

Performances of MACBETH are October 14-29, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays, October 16th and 23rd at 2:30 and Thursday, October 27th at 7:30.

Tickets for all performances are $16 for adults and $10 for youth and students. For tickets visit hickorytheatre.org or call the box office at 828-328-2283.

The HCT’s 74th season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive, Sunbelt Xpress and Frye Regional Medical Center. HCT is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. MACBETH is sponsored in part by Rob and Erin Hooks.

PHOTO: Donovan Harper plays the title role in MACBETH at the Hickory Community Theatre. Performances run October 14 through 29. Photo by Eric Seale.