Banquo played by Billy Boyd
Written by: William Shakespeare
Billy makes his Globe debut in the 2013 production of Macbeth as Banquo, a fellow general whom Macbeth sees as a threat to his ambitions.
“And I find by the scene that starts “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis”; that scene is the one that’s most different every night. And I think that’s all coloured by how Joe and myself play the friendship up to that point. Sometimes it’s very dark.”
In his final interview, Billy discusses performing at the Globe, how Banquo’s friendship with Macbeth continuously adapts, and his favourite moment in the play.
“I think through rehearsals and tech and playing it, there’s a darkness coming in in his wanting his son to be king and starting to believe the witches. That I think’s a good thing. And it’s a more human thing.”
As previews begin Billy discusses the audience at the Globe, how his suspicions have changed, and the challenges of putting a dark production on in the middle of the day.
“Banqou goes on baiting the Witches, until they say ‘You will be the father of many kings.’ And then Banquo doesn’t speak. Which I hadn’t noticed until this morning.”
During rehearsals Billy talks about the moment in the play that makes Banquo speechless, working out what Shakespeare really meant, and development of the relationship between Banqou and Lady Macbeth.
“It almost seems like there’s not a line in Macbeth that’s not pushing the story forward or has a huge philosophical or moral idea”.
In his first interview Billy discusses his hobby of reading Shakespeare plays, how performing Macbeth at the Globe can change the way audiences and actors approach the play, and why two individuals following a similar path take such different approaches to the choices they make.