Macbeth at the West Yorkshire Playhouse (photo: Chris Page)

The real question is how many times can this piece be reinvented and what level of effectiveness can we expect from this age-old classic, writes Dave Kelly?

Well, his dark begging was gripping, and as the story gets into its rhythm, it can be easy to get lost in the fable of toxic manipulation and tragedy if it weren’t so rambling. and abrupt at times. Don’t get me wrong, in order for a story to be told to future generations, it definitely needs to be revamped.

The use of Northern actors in a sort of clannish nod to what I felt was a very Game of Thrones-like delivery was competent enough and would certainly hold the attention of the young audience present.

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Dave Kelly reviews Macbeth at the West Yorkshire Playhouse (Picture: Chris Page)

Great diversions from what could get crude and a little lame in its overall narrative, it was a genuine attempt and a good take on a classic.

A simple but effective stage set by Hayley Grindle demonstrated that with a minimalist set you can really focus on the text and lose yourself in the performance of the characters, which for me at 43 was still hard to understand and m let the bard stem for using ten words that could have been said in three.

Language aside, an all-inclusive cast, which included a deaf Mc Duff, helped me as his lines were often repeated, helping me grasp some of the text that I myself struggled with at the 15 years old at the time.

It was hard not to notice that Lady Macbeth seemed to emanate from misplaced maternal grief that reeked of the rage of a grieving mother pushing her husband’s rage for a title bent on death and glory, which I thought to be an interesting angle as a despised woman.

A good, if not 100%, faithful attempt at what is sure to become another tick box for young people studying this tale and, maybe 15 years from now, I can relate to it properly.