Friday 31 August 2012 | By

ED2012 Theatre Review: The Tragidie Of MacClegg (St Edmund Hall, Oxford University / The John Oldham Society)

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Behold the Shakesperean tragedy of Nick Clegg! The John Oldham Society flawlessly satirises Macbeth and the political state of Britain today in this cleverly written and performed play. Set in 2006, the show follows the political career of the Deputy PM and his tragic ‘murder’ of the Liberal Democrats, mirroring Macbeth’s struggle with his kingdom. While each character was well performed (the three witches in particular) and the play very clever, it is probably really a show best suited to us Brits (rather than more international Fringe-goers), with much of its humour derived from a character interpretation of British people in power. An entertaining and witty piece nevertheless, ‘The Tragidie of MacClegg’ is surely worth a gander.

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tw rating 4/5 | [Ellie Willis]


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