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Macbeth 

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

Director:

Rupert Goold

Writer:

William Shakespeare (by)
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Sir Patrick Stewart stars in a gripping Tony-nominated production.

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Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Illuminations, KQED See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Paul Shelley, who plays Duncan, played Duncan's son Donalbain in the 1971 Roman Polanski -directed version of Macbeth (1971). See more »

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A Macbeth like no other
6 October 2010 | by plamya-1See all my reviews

A visually brutal adaptation of a theatrical production that combines the experience of stylized European director's theater with the documentary-film imagery of war, Stalinist totalitarianism, dystopian landscapes. The result is not as much a drama (although the acting itself is riveting) as a series of rapidly-changing tableaux that bring a striking newness to Shakespeare's language. Sir Patrick Stewart performs the role of a lifetime. As a Shakespearian actor, he manipulates Shakespeare's words so that they ring authentically, as if we are hearing them for the first time.

This Macbeth channels the early Polish Roman Polanski, the imaginings of a Stanley Kubrick, the gritty grayness of 1984. It HAD to be shown as a PBS "Great Performances," for I cannot imagine it attracting a commercial audience, or even a film festival one, since it seems more like an brilliant artistic experiment that might have its most successful showing in the context of a museum. It is complex, worthy of endless dissection of words and images. My experience of it had less emotion involvement than fascination with creative process behind the filmmaking.


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