Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
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The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Barbican this autumn with a contemporary London Season comprising three of the playwright’s most loved titles: Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Polly Findlay directs Christopher Eccleston in his RSC debut as Macbeth, with Niamh Cusack re-joining the Company as Lady Macbeth in a thrillingly dark production.
Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.
Polly Findlay’s contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut as Macbeth and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company as Lady Macbeth.
Please note: Christopher Eccleston will not play Macbeth on 18th October at 1.30pm. The role of Macbeth at this performance will be played by Paul Dodds.
Macbeth: 15 OCTOBER 2018 - 18 JANUARY 2019
Photos by Richard Davenport
What to expect:Acting
based on 1 review
I am Sick of London Shakespere plays in Modern costume, modern demographics, cheap minimal staging and crap acting!
Look, this modern office furniture was bullshit! Where was Scotland, a casle, a moorland even a bloody accent! Instead, we are served up a context without a 0.1% amount of ambience and atmosphere that Shakespere intended, a cast that are as far away from Scotland as Pakistan and dont even try to act Scottish. Three bloody juvenile witches, yes that was at least a surprise but how much deviation from the iriginal play do you want? It seems to me, the for forty years every conceivable alternstive reality Shakespere has been done, except the damned original concept! This is the furst time I saw MacDuff as a punched belly fat wimp who in the only fight scene in the whole stupid effort gave the most embarassing, girly fight I have ever seen. Ecclestone was a northerner in one role too far removed.
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- Year built: 1982