Comic tragedy heads to Warwick’s Playbox

Eva O Hara. Picture by Aimee Sprinks
Eva O Hara. Picture by Aimee Sprinks

Young actors will relive Shakespearian classics as part of ongoing celebrations at the Dream Factory to mark the playwright’s birth.

Playbox Theatre’s Shakespeare Young Company (SYC) will bring the comedy, As You Like It and dark tragedy, Macbeth to the Warwick stage in April.

Jamie Watt

Jamie Watt

Opening on Shakespeare’s 451st birthday, the shows will see the theatre transformed into an exciting new arena to house the new productions.

The double run opens on April 23 with comedy, As You Like It, which will see 16-year-old Eva O’Hara heading into the forest of Arden to lead the company as Rosalind.

Playing alongside in repertoire for the spring series, tragedy Macbeth will bring supernatural themes, murders and nightmares onto the stage over two weeks.

Bringing the popular play to life, 18-year-old Jamie Watt and 16-year-old Martha Markham play the murderous couple.

Martha Markham

Martha Markham

SYC perform both plays in repertoire meaning there are opportunities to see both either on separate days or as a double on one of the two Saturdays in the season.

Both will share an arena space in the redesigned theatre, placing the audience on four sides around the main playing area.

The staging is planned ahead of extensive plans for a “groundbreaking staging” to mark 400 years since Shakespeare died on 23rd April in Stratford.

As You Like it will play at 7.30pm on April 23, April 25, May 1 and at 3pm on May 2.

Macbeth will run at 7.30pm on April 24, 25, 29 and May 2.

Tickets priced at £12 or £8 concessions from the box office on 419555 or online at

Founded in 1986, Warwick’s Playbox Theatre serves young artists and audiences across Warwickshire and the West Midlands.