Christopher Eccleston makes his RSC debut in the title role of Shakespeare’s psychological thriller, opposite Niamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth and with Edward Bennett as Macduff.

Lyn Gardner avatar
20 December 2018  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“I should have put this in as a pick before, but you have until mid-January to catch Polly Findlay’s disturbingly creepy staging which stars Christopher Eccleston as a blunt warrior and Niamh Cusack as Lady M. What I really liked about this, when I saw it in Stratford in the summer, was the way it handles the supernatural element: the witches are played by small children in their PJs and woolly socks. The image may be benign, but the effect is like something out of a horror movie and it brilliantly underlines one of the themes of the play about childlessness, lineage, and the way the cycle of violence is transmitted from one generation to the next.”


Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.

Polly Findlay’s contemporary production of this dark tragedy of power and revenge marks her return to the Barbican following her stunning staging of The Alchemist in 2016.

Critic reviews

One for horror film fans

The Stage

Eccleston is every inch the rugged soldier

The Guardian

Tense and clear production gets to the heart of the Scottish play

Evening Standard

The passion rarely bubbles

The Times

While not a smashing success, the production is still good for a night’s out and will leave most audiences entertained

The Upcoming

Christopher Eccleston is bloody, bold but never cold as Macbeth, in his debut for the Royal Shakespeare Company

Broadway World

Tense but flawed on Shakespeare's blood-boltered tragedy

Arts Desk

Something wicked this way comes – it’s Shakespeare’s spookiest play, in an RSC production which really is dead good

Time Out

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Mon 15 Oct - Fri 18 Jan, 1.30pm & 7.15pm


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