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Closed April 27, 2013

A gripping and genuinely startling production. Packs a powerful punch

The Telegraph

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McAvoy sensational in gripping West End Macbeth

James McAvoy, of Atonement and X-Men fame here stakes his claim as one of the most versatile actors currently working. If anyone had questioned his ability to tackle heavyweight roles such as Macbeth, their doubts will have been dispelled by his performance at Trafalgar Studios: it is a career-defining tour-de-force.

This unique production features as part of Trafalgar Transformed, a season at Trafalgar Studios curated and directed by the peerless Jamie Lloyd. Lloyd's vision for this production has been realised with spectacular results: the action takes place in a futuristic, dystopian Scotland; a land ravaged by the effects of environmental disaster and tribal conflict. Soutra Gilmour's ingenious set design quite literally places much of the audience at the heart of this eerie, sinister landscape, and the combined results, are a visceral, truly powerful rendering of one of Shakespeare's greatest works.

What is Macbeth about?

Macbeth is famed for being one of Shakespeare's darkest, most potent plays. Scottish general Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches, predicting that he will one day become king of Scotland. He becomes obsessed the idea, and resolves to kill King Duncan and claim the throne for himself. Events spiral out of control as Macbeth feels he must commit more and more murders to clear his name and rid himself of enemies, and consumed by guilt and paranoia his mental state, and the state of his kingdom quickly deteriorates...

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Dates

Previews from: 9 February 2013

Opening night: 19 February 2013

Audience

Macbeth is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards

Run time

Two hours and 45 minutes with one interval

Cast and Creative

Cast

James McAvoy as Macbeth
Claire Foy as Lady Macbeth
Jamie Ballard as Macduff
Graeme Dalling as Donalbain
Lisa Gardner as Witch
Kevin Guthrie as Lennox
Richard Hansell as Ross
Forbes Masson as Banquo
Allison McKenzie as Witch
Olivia Morgan as Witch
Catherine Murray as Caithness
Callum O'Neill as Angus
Mark Quartley as Malcolm
Hugh Ross  as Duncan/Doctor

Creative

Directed by Jamie Lloyd
Written by William Shakespeare
DESIGNER - Soutra Gilmour
LIGHTING DESIGNER - Adam Silverman
MUSIC AND SOUND - Alex Baranowski
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR - Ann Yee
FIGHT DIRECTOR - Kate Waters
VOICE AND TEXT - Barbara Houseman
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - Ed Stambollouian
COSTUME SUPERVISOR - Anna Josephs
PROPS - Marcus Hall Props

What you thought

4 reviews, average rating: (4.4 Stars)

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