The Tarantino-referencing Macbeth – Kill Bill Shakespeare is unleashed alongside Othello and Romeo and Juliet this month by Birmingham School of Acting

Shakespeare’s blood-soaked Macbeth gets a modern makeover this month, as Birmingham School of Acting presents a reworking of the Bard’s tragedy that pays homage to some of director Quentin Tarantino’s best-loved films.

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Macbeth – Kill Bill Shakespeare
 offers an irreverent and imaginative take on the play.

While staying true to the original text, the images and style of Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill will collide violently on stage with Shakespeare’s verse, creating an exhilarating black comedy.

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Adapted and directed by acclaimed theatre director Malachi Bogdanov, Macbeth – Kill Bill Shakespeare will be performed at Birmingham’s Crescent Theatre.

It’s part of a trio of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies reimagined for Birmingham School of Acting’s 2015-16 season and performed in venues across the city this month.

Alongside Macbeth – Kill Bill Shakespeare, the School will also be presenting Othello and Romeo and Juliet. Othello and Romeo and Juliet will be performed at the Patrick Centre, part of Birmingham Hippodrome.

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“In our version of Romeo and Juliet, the Shakespeare classic finds an exciting local resonance,” says Danièle Sanderson, Deputy Head at Birmingham School of Acting, “with the Montagues and Capulets donning razor blades in their caps, like the historical Peaky Blinders gang.”

“Similar to audiences today, Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre-goers were fascinated by violence, and Shakespeare’s most violent plays were the most popular during his own lifetime. By integrating Shakespeare’s tragedies through the lens of popular culture, our actors are hoping to sharpen our responses to these familiar works.”

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Othello
, directed by Anthony Ekundayo Lennon, is on at The Patrick Centre (Birmingham Hippodrome) until Saturday 20 February.
Go here to book tickets.

Romeo and Juliet, directed by Hal Chambers, is on at The Patrick Centre (Birmingham Hippodrome) from Wednesday 24 February to Saturday 27 February.
Go here to book tickets.

Macbeth – Kill Bill Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Malachi Bogdanov, is on at Crescent Theatre (Studio) from Wednesday 24 February to Saturday 27 February.
Go here to book tickets.

Shakespeare gets a Pulp Fiction makeover with this irreverent cover art for new paperback editions of Othello and Romeo & Juliet – and we have 5 sets up for grabs!

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A glowering, ruffed-up Mr T as Othello? An inescapably post-teenage Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor as Romeo & Juliet? It can only mean one thing: William Shakespeare is receiving a cheeky remix from Pulp! The Classics.

With lurid, genre-splicing cover art from David Mann, the series already includes editions of classic novels like Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Tess of the D’Urbervilles, but Shakespeare is the first playwright to join their ranks.

And a spokesperson for Pulp! The Classics tells us they hope to release a complete set of Shakespeare titles in due course.

Priced £6.99, the Pulp! The Classics editions of Othello and Romeo & Juliet are on sale at bookshops from Thursday 6 November.

But if you don’t want to shell out your hard-earned groats, we have FIVE pairs of the Shakespeare titles to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning one simply send an email to us at shakespearemag@outlook.com with ‘Pulp Shakespeare!’ in the subject line.

Don’t forget to include your name, address and contact number. Closing date is Thursday 13 November – best of luck!

For more on Pulp! The Classics, check out their website here or follow on Twitter: @pulptheclassics