CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. - The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall brings Shakespeare back to Cambridge and the Battenkill Valley with their production of "Macbeth," opening March 8. Artistic Director John Hadden directs a cast of ten, combining Hubbard Hall favorites with new faces.

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most unsparing looks at human nature. A high-ranking general and his wife, with everything going for them, plot to kill their benevolent king while he is their house guest. They succeed in this, casting the blame on others, and move up to rule the kingdom, but conscience, sleeplessness, fate, further bloodbaths and problems in the marriage bed all rise to defeat their rule, their love, their sanity and their lives.

Hadden says, "The isolation of the Macbeths is heightened in this interpretation of the play: the other characters emerge from an ensemble of shadowy figures, as if to haunt them. The action makes use of different locations all over the Hall."

Written in approximately 1605, Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy. With no subplots, it is focused exclusively on the paranoid ambition that consumes Macbeth and his wife, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake.

Hubbard Hall's production takes audiences into a post-apocalyptic fever dream of violence and retribution.

"I'm very excited for this production," says Hadden. "We're starting with no preconceptions about the way this play should be presented, and I'm interested in exploring its themes through the lens of a world that is simultaneously familiar to and very different from our own. We've got a unique configuration for this play. The audience will almost surround the action on several levels of our playing space. I'm looking forward to sharing our completed set with audiences, who may not have experienced a play in the Hall's beautiful theater like this before."

The production features Gino Constabile and Betsy Holt as the Macbeths. The ensemble cast includes Reilly Hadden, Myka Plunkett, Catherine Seeley, Colleen Lovett, Christine Decker, Doug Ryan, Rob Forgett, and Scott Renzoni.

There will be a pay-what-you-will "open rehearsal" on March 7 with at 7:30 pm. Opening Night is Friday, March 8. Hubbard Hall's traditional Opening Night Dinner begins at 6 p.m. featuring a "Scottish Feast" theme.

Space for the dinner is limited and reservations are requested by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 24. Tickets are $25. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.hubbardhall.org/theatre or call 518-677-2495.