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Macbeth

Synopsis
Video recording of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2011 production of Macbeth directed by Michael Boyd with Jonathan Slinger and Aislin McGuckin as the Macbeths.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
2011
Duration
170 (inc. interval)

Credits

Director
Michael Boyd
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Craig Armstrong
Production Design
Tom Piper
Cast
Jonathan SlingerMacbeth
Aislin McGuckinLady Macbeth
Aidan KellyMacduff
Howard CharlesMalcolm
Steve ToussaintBanquo
Caroline MartinLady Macduff
Christopher WrightDoctor of Physic
Daniel PercivalLennox
Daniel RoseAngus
David McgranaghanEdward the Confessor’s doctor
Des McAleerKing Duncan
Jamie BeamishSeyton
Madeleine AppiahGentlewoman
Nikesh PatelDonalbain
Scott HandyRoss

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
16th Century
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Culture Show, The [26/05/2011]
Shakespeare Unlocked

Notes

General
`The concept is to set the play in a Reformation world symbolised, in Tom Piper’s set, by fractured stained-glass windows and desecrated religious icons. Scotland becomes a place of brutal pragmatism in which Ross is transformed from an anonymous thane into a relic of an isolated priesthood. The notion of Macbeth as a tyrannical enemy of spirituality is reinforced by a device that Boyd deployed in his Shakespeare histories: the dead are ever-present; by the end, the ghosts of Banquo, Duncan, Lady Macduff and her brood all return to rejoice in the hero’s downfall and to rebut his claim about the brevity and insignificance of life.

All this is fascinating. But it runs counter to Macbeth’s earlier awareness of divine sanctions. Boyd also dispenses with the Weird Sisters, putting their prophecies into the mouths of children’ [Michael Billington, The Guardian, 27 April 2011].

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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