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Bamburgh Castle stars in Macbeth
Bamburgh Castle stars in Macbeth

Macbeth

Macbeth is a violent interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. Set on the Northumberland coast, it is directed by Roman Polanski. 


Macbeth Factfile

Roman Polanski has made two films in Northumberland - Macbeth and Cul-De-Sac
Bamburgh Castle has a starring role in the film
Macbeth was made in 1971
TV presenter Keith Chegwin makes an unlikely appearance in the film playing Fleance
Macbeth was the first film made by Polanski after the murder of his wife Sharon Tate by Charles Manson’s gang
Roman Polanski was born in Paris and raised in Krakow by foster parents after his own parents were interned in a Nazi concentration camp
Francesca Annis who plays Lady Macbeth appeared in the film Excalibur

A young Scottish nobleman, Macbeth (Jon Finch), vies for the throne of Scotland and is driven on by his power-hungry wife Lady Macbeth (Francesca Annis).

He eventually kills the king and takes the throne but his plans are doomed.

Jon Finch stars as Macbeth
Jon Finch stars as Macbeth

Macbeth is haunted by the ghosts of the past including those who he’s killed in his mission for power.

The three witches have prophesied his death, and Macbeth must be punished for his transgression.

On location

Roman Polanski makes great use of dramatic Northumberland locations such as Bamburgh and Lindisfarne Castles.

The stark landscape of the windswept Northumberland coast adds to the dark and brooding atmosphere.

"I see Macbeth as a young, open-faced warrior, who is gradually sucked into a whirlpool of events because of his ambition"
Roman Polanski

Other locations featured in the film include:

St Aidan’s Church
North Charlton Moors near Alnwick
Bamburgh Beach

The wild Northumbrian landscapes with its craggy coastline, and castles with battlements was the ideal backdrop for the dramatic story.

last updated: 18/04/06
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