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Directed by
Philip Casson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Trevor Nunn  conceived for television by
William Shakespeare  play

Produced by
Verity Lambert .... executive producer
Trevor Nunn .... producer
Original Music by
Guy Woolfenden 
Casting by
Joyce Nettles 
Production Design by
Mike Hall 
Costume Design by
Lyn Harvey 
Makeup Department
Sally Thorpe .... makeup designer
Art Department
Ruth Bribram .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Julian Ford .... sound supervisor
Peter Woodward .... fight director
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Bottone .... lighting technician
Peter Coombs .... senior camera operator
Paul Stripp .... vision controller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lyn Harvey .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Martin Perrett .... vision mixer
Fred Turner .... editor: video tape
Other crew
Betty Crowe .... stage manager
Myles MacMahon .... stage manager
Juliet Mander .... stage manager
Trevor Nunn .... stage director
Ruth Parkhill .... production assistant
Dave Sparks .... studio supervisor
John Wayne .... floor manager

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UK:145 min
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This was filmed on a circular stage.See more »
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Stunning, 24 October 2004
Author: partnerfrance from France

This is probably "Macbeth" as Shakespeare really saw it produced -- no fancy scenery, no elaborate sets, just stunning actors conveying everything Shakespeare intended to convey by the power of their own speech and actions.

The defining moment for me is the banquet scene, where McKellan manages to go from icily cynical schemer to stark raving maniac on seeing Banquo's ghost, and then back again to schemer and then yet back again to broken, frightened shadow of a man by the end of the scene, without for a moment over-acting and without us, the viewer, even seeing Banquo's ghost.

The only false note I think the production had was Judi Dench -- as others have said here, she is of course a splendid actress and her sleepwalking scene was wonderful. But part of what drives Macbeth in the play is Lady Macbeth's threat to withhold sexual favors and her denigration of his masculinity if Macbeth doesn't act more "like a man" and go through with the murder of Duncan (conveyed in this version by her avoiding Macbeth's attempted kiss in the "milk of human kindness" scene), and frankly in this production Dame Judi lacked the sex appeal that would make this viable.

Still, a bravura performance and certainly the best Macbeth I have seen filmed.

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