Theatre-goers urged to call Samaritans if they're upset by performance of Macbeth

THEATRE chiefs are urging audience members to call the Samaritans if they are upset by a ­performance of Macbeth.

Bosses issued the charity’s phone number and website details for anyone “affected by any of the issues raised”.

The Shakespeare tragedy — widely taught for decades in schools, including primaries — is on at London’s Almeida Theatre.

A-list James McArdle, 32, and Saoirse Ronan, 27, play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the work, one of the Bard’s darkest.

In a content warning on its website, the theatre says the play is recommended for ages 14-plus.

It points out that it includes “extreme scenes of violence . . .  suicide, and the use of blood, firearms and knives”.

It also warns that the modern take on the 1606 play contains “flashing lights, vaping and the smoking of real cigarettes”.

The message adds: “If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this production, you can get free support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from the Samaritans.” It suggests those planning to watch should contact the Box Office “if you have specific concerns”.

Earlier this year, the Globe Theatre in London included a warning over suicide and drug use content in a performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The move was branded “wokeness gone mad” by actor Christopher Biggins.

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