What Bloody Man Is That?



  • Contemporary


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Charles Paris is on his way up again, career-wise. No longer “resting” and no longer just a corpse in a cupboard, he blossoms in the play dreaded by superstitious theatre folk, who will not even speak its name: “the Scottish play” —Macbeth. It’s only in the provincial rep, but you have to start (or re-start) somewhere. And his agent has promised that though what’s offered is not much of a part, “other good parts are in the offing”. By which perhaps is not meant precisely what happens: that Charles finds himself doubling almost every role in the play that isn’t held by the three principals. And as for the principals, they could hardly be more ill-sorted. Macbeth is played by George Birkitt, the TV game-show personality whom we met in Dead Giveaway. Lady Macbeth comes straight from Stratford: an intense young woman with Method in her madness. And Duncan is that notorious old ham, Warnock Belvedere, who feels that he’s in the tradition of great acto-managers. With such a cast, sparks are bound to fly. It’s not long before death strikes in the night. And Charles Paris takes on the role of private eye…
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