Brave Macbeth

Children's Shows (comedy, musical theatre)

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  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Primary Times Children's Choice Award winner Brave Macbeth is back. On his way home from battle, Brave Macbeth meets the witches who tell him that he will become king. Now, he quite likes that idea and so does his wife, the rather scary Lady Macbeth. What will he do to get his hands on the crown? With catchy tunes, slapstick, sword fights, witches, warriors and kilts, this is 'a beautifully pitched children's musical combining The Scottish Play with tunes, humour and shameless messing about' (

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Main queue on road outside. Lift access through Pleasance Bar — ask at Box Office or bar for assistance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Jenn 31 days ago

My kids and I loved Brave Macbeth. A funny, light-hearted retelling of this tragedy made it so accessible to kids who love Shakespeare. It was clever and non-stop entertaining while still sticking to the storyline. Loved the songs. Brilliant, energetic performances from the whole cast. A great morning, thank you. Looking forward to Romantic Romeo next week!

Frederic Thompson 35 days ago

Have just been to Brave Macbeth following excellent Facebook review. It is aimed at children but I thoroughly enjoyed it as an adult. The exuberance of the cast was infectious and there were loads of laughs. Liam Forrester, perfectly cast in title role, displayed great theatrical versatility and stage presence and is clearly well on his way to stardom. The zany and gymnastic antics of Georgia Lee Roberts as Lady Macbeth were hilarious - another star in the making. The whole cast exuded comic effects and kept the audience in fits. Thoroughly recommended.

Z 38 days ago

Had a fab time with this show! Fun musical numbers, quick pace, talented actors, generally good for all ages!

TinaC 39 days ago

This is the most enjoyable version of Macbeth I've come across - great audience interaction. It's a superb introduction to Shakespeare for young children & from their squeals of delight, the young audience enjoyed it too.

Peter Antolik 40 days ago

A rollicking good romp through the tale of Macbeth, told in a funny and engaging way for kids and adults alike. some absolute standout comedy moments... who would have thought the massacre of Macduff's family by a mumbling, hairy (Boris-like?) assassin would be such a laugh. A great cast, brilliant songs and just the right balance of Shakespeare's original story and slapstick fun. But no soliloquies. Not to be missed!

stewart rough 41 days ago

Superb performances from 8 very talented actors. Great fun for all ages despite being billed a kids show. Mix of acting, comedy and singing ... honestly big smiles and laughs all the way through. Go and see it you will not be disappointed.

Isla Teate 41 days ago

Absolutely hilarious! My children were rolling with laughter and us adults couldn’t breathe at one point! Highly recommended for a family hoot! Loved the little snippets of traditional Shakespeare too. Fantastic, thank you!

Jimmy Lam 44 days ago

Great songs and highly amusing adaptation of Shakespearean tragedy. Enjoyed by the whole family with children aged from 7 to 11.

Gillean Niven 45 days ago

Loved this show! Very, very funny, The music is really catchy and the story of Macbeth is played out through fabulous singing and acting. All the children there were totally engaged, lots of giggling and participation... one wee boy was very keen on the sword fight scene!!! I’m still humming bubble, bubble, toil and trouble and have bought more tickets for my nieces who are visiting next week. Well worth seeing!

Lindy Montgomery 45 days ago

Hilarious! We saw this a few years ago when my boys were 5 and 8 years old. They are now 8 and 12 and still loved it. One of those rare kids shows that spans a huge age range and is also hilarious for adults. Enough silly noises and sword fights for the small kids, and my boys are now old enough to understand all the Shakespeare references too. I laughed out loud more than I have in many adult stand ups. And I love that they are finding a way to help kids to understand Shakespeare. Macbeth 'really is quite hunky' and Lady Macbeth is wonderfully dramatic. Toe tapping tunes and we all found ourselves humming 'they do not deserve to die' throughout the day. Great singing voices. Might even go see it again!

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 34 days ago

Secondary schoolteachers all over the country will relate to how tricky it can be to convince adolescents that the Bard lives up to his hype, so just imagine turning an even younger audience onto the antiquated language used in Shakespeare’s prose. With Brave Macbeth, Captivate Theatre have successfully made one...

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Deadline News (4/5 stars) 35 days ago

You don’t need to bring your study notes or to be Shakespeare’s biggest fan to love this irreverent romp through The Scottish Play. Sit back and enjoy an educational hour of hilarious messing about.

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Primary Times (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

It's easy to think there isn't much to a children's show - it's just everyone running around being daft. It's only when you see other shows that don't manage it well, do you realise just how good Brave Macbeth is; seamless and slick, yet always with a feeling of being fresh and spontaneous, playing to all levels, never flagging in energy, every detail choreographed. Impossible to fault.

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 43 days ago

Captivate Theatre’s production of Brave Macbeth directed by Sally Lyall at Pleasance Above, shines a completely different light on Shakespeare’s tragedy with modern twists and props galore. Based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth this musical production combines a much simplified version of the original with singing, dancing and slapstick. The simplicity of...

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