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Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Film version of director Rupert Goold's highly-acclaimed production with Sir Patrick Stewart as Macbeth and Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth, originally staged by Chichester Festival Theatre and later a sell-out hit in the West End and on Broadway.

Shot on location in the mysterious underground world of Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, the film is set in an undefined and threatening central European world. Immediate and visceral, this is a contemporary presentation of Shakespeare's intense, claustrophobic and bloody drama.

Patrick Stewart won Best Actor and Rupert Goold Best Director in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for the stage production and both Stewart and Fleetwood were nominated for Tony Awards for their performances.

Director of the play ENRON and the Royal Shakespeare Company's current Romeo and Juliet, Rupert Goold has been described by critic Benedict Nightingale as 'the hottest, most exciting director around', and Macbeth is his debut as a film director.

Last on

Tue 26 Jun 2012 23:00 BBC Four

  • BBC Learning Zone Broadband

    BBC Learning Zone Broadband

    Visit the Learning Zone Broadband website for video clips to support the teaching of Macbeth in the class room.

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  • Photo: Patrick Stewart as Macbeth

    Photo: Patrick Stewart as Macbeth

    Macbeth after the murder of Duncan.

  • Photo: Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth

    Photo: Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth

    Lady Macbeth after the murder of Duncan.

  • Photo: Patrick Stewart as Macbeth

    Photo: Patrick Stewart as Macbeth

    Macbeth in the banquet scene.

  • Photo: Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth

    Photo: Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth

    Lady Macbeth in the banquet scene.

  • Photo: Paul Shelly as the Doctor and Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth

    Photo: Paul Shelly as the Doctor and Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth

    The doctor observes Lady Macbeth during the sleep-walking scene.

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    Co-producer John Wyver on taking Macbeth to a 20th century war zone.

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Credits

Macbeth
Patrick Stewart
Lady Macbeth
Kate Fleetwood
Banquo
Martin Turner
Macduff
Michael Feast
Malcolm
Scott Handy
Lady Macduff
Suzanne Burden
Servant to the Macbeths
Niamh McGrady

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