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


Rupert Goold


William Shakespeare (by)

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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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Release Date:

6 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Illuminations, KQED See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Shelley, who plays Duncan, played Duncan's son Donalbain in the 1971 Roman Polanski -directed version of Macbeth (1971). See more »


Version of Macbeth (1993) See more »

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A truly compelling watch, Patrick Stewart is brilliant
9 March 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I love Shakespeare, and have seen various adaptations of his plays. Macbeth was one of my first Shakespeares, and is a really powerful play in its own right not just in the language and some of the imagery but also in the characters and especially the story.

This Macbeth is more contemporary in its setting, but it is every bit as compelling as the play as it should be. In fact, this Macbeth is one of the most compelling adaptations of the play I've seen. Although contemporary(which didn't bother me at all by the way), the setting is still very well done. Some of it is truly beautiful to watch, but some of it is also appropriately bleak, and we have the skillful camera work and lighting to thank for that.

The story is still the compelling, gripping story I remember Macbeth by, and keeps the crucial elements in. Not only that, those crucial elements are very well done in their atmosphere, not just the encounters with the witches which are the epitome of creepiness but the mad scene which I don't always find effective but very much did here and the scene with Thane of Fife and Cumberland is also riveting. The dialogue is still wonderful and timed impeccably.

Rupert Goold's direction is very fine, and the soundtrack is also impressive with some really intentionally unsettling bits to it. Even some of the sound effects gave me shivers. The acting from Macbeth down to the smallest part is uniformly fantastic. Kate Fleetwood is absolutely transfixing being very beautiful, suitably evil and cold. Plus she really holds her own against Patrick Stewart, who is simply mesmerising as Macbeth. Not only in the charisma, but also the delivery of the lines, gestures and voice.

Overall, truly compelling and I was holding on to my seat for the entire duration. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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