"The front cloth contains a motif of a child, which represents the innocent victim of these events, but also the nemesis of Macbeth," explains Oliver. "While Macbeth sums up the idea of warrior culture and masculinity taken to an extreme degree, the opposite of that is the future represented by children."
Macbeth forms part of the WNO Shakespeare 400 season which also features Andrι Tchaikowsky's The Merchant of Venice and Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate, based on The Taming of the Shrew. WNO's autumn 2016 season which visits Birmingham Hippodrome between 8-12 November. For more information see wno.org.uk and www.birminghamhippodrome.com