The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth

4 (1) · Shakespeare

Yaël Farber directs James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan

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“Lady Bird and Little Women star Saoirse Ronan makes her UK debut as Lady Macbeth alongside James McArdle as the would-be king in Yael Farber’s reimagining of Shakespeare's tragedy. Apparently, Ronan and McArdle have been channelling real life power couple Kim and Kayne, but this is likely to be a particularly dark take on a play of witchcraft, dark desires and over-reaching ambition and one that interrogates the nature of power and the darkness that lurks inside us all. Farber’s take on The Crucible at the Old Vic a few years back was incisive, revealing and spooky, and so hopes are high that this will be murderously good.”

Overview

“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”

A little later than now, in the ruins of a theatre, three witches make a prophecy.

A warrior and his wife enter the darkness. A war begins.

Yaël Farber directs James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan, in an elemental production about a world in transformation, the shadows in all of us, and one couple’s spine-chilling quest for power.

Olivier Award-nominee James McArdle plays the title role of Macbeth. His highly acclaimed theatre roles include Louis in the National Theatre and Broadway production of Angels in America, Peter Gynt, Platonov and James I in The James Plays (National Theatre). His screen work includes HBO’s Mare of Easttown, Ammonite, Mary Queen of Scots and Man in an Orange Shirt.

Four-time Academy Award-nominated Saoirse Ronan makes her UK stage debut as Lady Macbeth. She made her Broadway debut as Abigail Williams in The Crucible on Broadway in 2016 to glowing reviews and has been celebrated throughout her career for her performances in films including Atonement, Lady Bird, Brooklyn, and Little Women.

Yaël Farber is an internationally acclaimed director and playwright, whose recent work includes Hamlet (St Ann’s Warehouse, New York); Blood Wedding (Young Vic), Knives in Hens (Donmar Warehouse) and Les Blancs (National Theatre).

Critic reviews

Superb and surprising: Brendan Macdonald falls under the spell of Yaël Farber’s take on Macbeth

Exeunt

You won't want to miss it

· WhatsOnStage

Saoirse Ronan breathes new life into timeless words

· The Independent

Something wicked this way comes indeed

· London Theatre

Exquisitely apocalyptic take on Shakeapeare’s play

· Time Out

A production with emotional spark, palpable dread and a horrifying beauty

· The Guardian

Hypnotic intensity

· The Stage

Saoirse Ronan shines in her London debut

· Evening Standard

Saoirse Ronan makes a spellbinding British stage debut

· The Telegraph

Intense and thrilling

· The Upcoming

Vivid, but much too long

· The Arts Desk

Saoirse Ronan delivers on her star billing

· Broadway World

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Date & time

Until 20 Nov
Sat 25 Sep - Sat 20 Nov, 2021, 2pm & 7pm

Venue

Almeida Theatre Islington N1 1TA London, UK · Get Directions
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
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