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Directed by Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford

Kenneth Branagh’s return to Shakespeare after more than a decade, featuring Alex Kingston as Lady Macbeth, was a knockout. His interpretation of Macbeth as a good man declining into desolation and despair was exhilarating. Audiences sat inches from the action as sparks actually flew in the heat of battle. Blood, mud, fire and rain filled the space – Hallé St Peter’s, an intimate deconsecrated church in Ancoats. Never before used as a theatre, the space itself also took a starring role.

On the last Saturday of the Festival, more than 5,000 people brought chairs, cushions and picnics to enjoy a live outdoor relay of MACBETH, presented in a central Manchester car park kindly provided by NCP. Tens of thousands more watched in cinemas around the UK and beyond via National Theatre (NT) Live.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Park Avenue Armory. Produced by Manchester International Festival.



Image Credit: Johan Pearson


New York
Sat 31 May, 2014 -
Sat 21 June, 2014
Park Avenue Armory

Fast, furious and unstoppable, time keeps rushing forward in this Macbeth, knocking the breath out of everyone, audience included

The New York Times

Branagh and Ashford's [production] gets to the terrifying heart of Macbeth's mystery and bleakness. The large cast is superb and the pace never flags

Financial Times

Directors — Rob Ashford, Kenneth Branagh

Designer — Christopher Oram

Lighting — Neil Austin

Casting — Anne McNulty CDG


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