"THE MUSIC AND THEATRICAL VISION OF PAUL BOYD ... A TRULY CLASS ACT" Irish Times
In February 1992 at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland a new comedy stage musical premiered. The show was Macbeth The Musical and it was a surprise hit, selling out the university’s 400-seater Octagon Hall for an extended four night run. Local press raved about the show describing it as “Rocky Horror meets Noel Coward” (Coleraine Chronicle) and hailing its “marvellous songs” (Coleraine Times). The young writer, composer, and director was BA Hons theatre student Paul Boyd, and although he had already written a number of comedy plays, Macbeth The Musical was his first original stage musical.
The show was invited to open the autumn season at a nearby producing house, and in September 1992 an extended, re-mounted production of Macbeth The Musical ran for three nights at Coleraine’s Riverside Theatre. In November 1992 the musical was presented for a third time, at Belfast’s Group Theatre, where it enjoyed a sell-out run during Belfast Festival at Queen’s. When Paul Boyd became the founding artistic director of theatre company Kabosh Productions, Macbeth The Musical was named as the company’s first major touring production. The show began a hugely successful tour across Ireland in September 1994, launching Kabosh on to a theatre scene within which it still operates today.
Paul Boyd retired Macbeth The Musical at the end of 1994 and has gone on to write twenty-two additional musicals (including the award-nominated shows Alice The Musical, Pinocchio, McCool, and The Haunting of Helena), numerous theatrical scores (including music and songs for the West End show Spike Milligan’s Puckoon), and the internationally acclaimed water spectaculars The Little Mermaid and Sinbad. His stage musical Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory previewed at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre in 2011, enjoyed a critically acclaimed run at the Assembly Rooms throughout Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, and finally opened in the West End at Leicester Square Theatre in 2015.
Macbeth The Musical is a musical comedy based loosely on Shakespeare’s infamous Scottish play, populated with comically re-imagined versions of many the play’s best-known characters including Lord and Lady Macbeth, a plethora of Macduffs, the doomed King Duncan, the beautiful Banquette, as well as an entire Scottish army in disguise, the Glasgow Operatic Chorus in full voice, and three beehived witches in training. The musical features a soundtrack of original rock, pop, and West End/Broadway-style songs, and it launched the careers of many performers who today continue to work in the entertainment industry in Ireland and the UK, including actors Jonjo O’Neill, Angela Waller, Niki Doherty, and Antoinette Morelli, choreographer Deborah Maguire, arts consultant/artistic director Karl Wallace, and QVC presenter Miceal Murphy.
During its years of production the original Macbeth The Musical was staged at most of the professional venues then operating in Northern Ireland. The final tour of the show, produced by Kabosh Productions, opened at the University of Ulster at Coleraine’s Octagon Hall in 1994, almost exactly two and a half years after the original production of the show first premiered there.
To mark his 25th Anniversary in 2017 Paul is rewriting Macbeth The Musical, taking his 1992 musical and its original source material as his starting point. The new script, score, and recordings will be available later in the year. For more information contact us here or visit this page again soon.
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A NEW SHOW FOR 2017
A new musical comedy and a long-awaited follow-up to the cult hit Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory - Paul Boyd is celebrating his 25th Anniversary year with a re-imagining of his very first musical hit.
MACBETH THE MUSICAL TRAILER 1:
"The Prologue" featuring new music from the show
MACBETH THE MUSICAL TRAILER 2:
"Long Live The King" featuring new music from the show