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You can catch Macbeth at the National Theatre, Olivier, showing Opens March 6, 2018

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Closed November 29, 2014

Playing in rep with Selfie and Private Peaceful

Why See Macbeth?

This electrifying update of the infamous Scottish Play is set in an unstable Europe during the approach of World War One, with the tormented Macbeth now in the role of the infamous German Kaiser. We see the play with new eyes from behind the enemy's lines, as Kaiser Macbeth's outrageously wicked actions and paranoia lead to the fall of his empire.

Commemorating the centenary of the start of WW1, this new adaption of arguably Shakespeare's darkest plays brings new understanding and poignancy to both. This play forms part of the 2014 NYT Rep season alongside Selfie and Private Peaceful.

The National Youth theatre was founded in 1956 and remains the longest running youth theatre in the world, nuturing new talent amongst the UK's acting talent. They are well-known for adapting old classics to reflect more modern times, such in the case og Selfie, a modern-day retelling of Dorian Gray, and a post-anarchic version of Romeo and Juliet set in South London.

Former NYT alumni include Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Colin Firth, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Day-Lewis, Orlando Bloom, Catherine Tate, Sir Ben Kingsley, Ashley Jensen, Sir Derek Jacobi, Timothy Dalton, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Hugh Bonneville and Matt Smith.

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Opening night: 13 September 2014


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

One hour 45 minutes with intermission

Cast and Creative


Directed by Ed Hughes
Assistant Director - Alice Knight
Designer - James Button

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