Macbeth
From 20 July 2013

Macbeth

By William Shakespeare

National Theatre Live will broadcast Manchester International Festival’s electrifying production of Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh as the Scottish king and Alex Kingston as Lady Macbeth, directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh.

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Macbeth himself, Kenneth Branagh, took part in a live Q&A on the Guardian’s website. Read what he had to say.

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'The actors inhabit their characters with a raw, crackling intensity.'

Sunday Express

‘From the start this superbly realised, thrilling and chilling production has a filmic fluidity and a hurtling pace.'

Mail on Sunday

‘The large cast is superb and the pace never flags. A truly immersive experience.’

Financial Times

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‘A Macbeth which will go down as one of the Scottish Play’s great revivals.’

Daily Telegraph

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‘Branagh is magnificent, words pour out of him.’

Daily Mail

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'Fast, exciting, one scene treading on another's toes.'

Sunday Times

'A powerful clear-headed production...packs a hell of a wallop.'

Daily Express

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'Once Macbeth turns into that evilness, Malcolm is the only hope for Scotland.' Hypeable.com talks to Alexander Vlahos (Malcolm).

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‘The only thing cinema audiences will miss is being splattered...and the smell!’ Kenneth Branagh appeared on BBC Breakfast on Friday 12 July to talk about his return to the work of Shakespeare

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‘Fast, furious and unstoppable.’ The New York Times’ Ben Brantley gives his verdict on Macbeth.

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‘An exciting production that shows why Branagh is such a fine Shakespearean actor.’

Guardian

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‘A naturalistic Macbeth.’

The Times

‘Macbeth freaked me out’ Alex Kingston tells the Guardian about the strange effect the Scottish play has had on her life

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‘Something wicked this way comes’ The Financial Times investigates the latest incarnation of Shakespeare’s weird sisters in MIF’s upcoming production

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The man who would be king. The Independent anticipates a ‘compelling performance’ from Kenneth Branagh in Macbeth

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All done and dusted @MIFestival Thanks for the adventure and to @ntlive for an amazing time yesterday. Thanks to all who came x

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Well, that was... INSANE. #MIFMacbeth @ntlive - we did it!! Thank you for all your kind words & messages. Very happy you all enjoyed it.

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#MIFMacbeth in 3 words? Gripping, visceral, raw. If you're coming to our broadcast you're in for an absolute thrill! Click Here

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Act I, Scene VII of Macbeth contains the first recorded use of the term ‘assassination#MIFMacbeth eth

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#MIFMacbeth will be Kenneth Branagh’s first performance in a Shakespeare role in over a decade

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More very exciting news! We'll broadcast @MIFestival s Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh & Alex Kingston live to cinemas on 20 July

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National Theatre Live will broadcast Manchester International Festival’s electrifying production of Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn, Hamlet) in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade as Macbeth, and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER) as Lady Macbeth.

 

Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford (Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse, Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway) and BAFTA Award-winner Kenneth Branagh, this unique production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.

 

Kenneth Branagh has long been lauded as one of the great Shakespearean interpreters. His skills as a writer, director and actor have garnered international acclaim across the disciplines of stage, film and television, and he is the only man to be nominated in five different categories for an Academy Award. He last performed Shakespeare when he played Richard III at the Sheffield Crucible in 2002. Recent stage performances as Edmond at the National Theatre and Ivanov for the Donmar played to great acclaim. In 2011 he completed a sell-out run of the hit comedy The Painkiller at the Lyric Theatre in his home city of Belfast.

 

Alex Kingston won critical acclaim for her numerous television roles including Dr. Elizabeth Corday in ER and River Song in Doctor Who. A former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear and Love’s Labour’s Lost amongst others, Kingston was recently seen on the London stage in Luise Miller at the Donmar Warehouse. In 2006 she played Nurse Ratched in the West End production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Christian Slater. Recent feature film credits include Sweetland opposite Alan Cummings and Alpha Dog, starring Justin Timberlake.

 

Rob Ashford has directed and choreographed productions on both sides of the Atlantic. From collaborations with the Donmar Warehouse and National Theatre, to Broadway, Ashford has a string of nominations and awards to his name including an Olivier Award for Anna Christie and nominations for A Streetcar Named Desire and Parade (Donmar Warehouse) and a Tony Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie and nominations for productions including Evita and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He also won an Emmy for his choreography at the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

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