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Not Rated | | Drama, Musical | Episode aired 6 October 2010
Sir Patrick Stewart stars in a gripping Tony-nominated production.


Rupert Goold


William Shakespeare (by)
2 nominations. See more awards »




Episode credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Macbeth
Kate Fleetwood ... Lady Macbeth
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oliver Burch Oliver Burch ... Servant
Suzanne Burden Suzanne Burden ... Lady Macduff
Ben Carpenter Ben Carpenter ... Donalbain
Hugo Docking Hugo Docking ... Macduff Son
Lillian Dummer Lillian Dummer ... Macduff Daughter
Madeleine Dummer Madeleine Dummer ... Macduff Daughter
Michael Feast ... Macduff
Polly Frame Polly Frame ... Witch / Gentlewoman
Bertie Gilbert Bertie Gilbert ... Fleance
Scott Handy ... Malcolm
Sophie Hunter ... Witch
Hywel John Hywel John ... Bloody Sergeant
Christopher Knott Christopher Knott ... Old Siward


Sir Patrick Stewart stars in a gripping Tony-nominated production.

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Drama | Musical


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The film switches the order of scenes 1 and 2 of act 1, having the wounded soldier talk about Macbeth and Banquo's prowess on the battlefield first and then following that up with the introduction of the witches. See more »


Version of Macbeth (1997) See more »

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Masterful gripping production of Shakespeare's Macbeth

This is the best film performance of Macbeth which I have seen. It ranks with Ian McKellen's Richard III (1994/5) as a definitive production in an "updated" setting. Like McKellen's Richard III, Goold's Macbeth uses a staging suggestive of late 1930's - and does not seem out of place any more the McKellen's Richard III did. Patrick Stewart's interpretation and presentation of the Macbeth character is dynamic and cover's a wide range of expression. His Macbeth has a hesitant and sometimes seeming incomplete descent into pure evil. It was a masterful and dynamic performance. However, in my opinion, Stewart's co-star, Kate Fleetwood, just about steals the show. Her Lady Macbeth is pure evil from the start - she comes across as the cold pit viper lacking only visible fangs. Her performance here is truly the best I have seen since I saw Judith Anderson give a TV performance a long time ago. The integration of the 3 witches into the action throughout as 3 triage nurses was an imaginative element. This is a "hold on to your seat" production - grabbing your attention right at the start and moving at a steady pace to the last syllable of (its) recorded time - you will not leave your chair.

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Release Date:

6 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Illuminations, KQED See more »
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1.78 : 1
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