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A nude couple stand together. The woman looks off into the distance whilst the man stands behind, looking at us with a haunted look.
A nude couple stand together. The woman looks off into the distance whilst the man stands behind, looking at us with a haunted look.

The Tragedy of Macbeth

By William Shakespeare, Directed by Yaël Farber

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2 Oct — 27 Nov 2021

“Yaël Farber’s fantastic production… deserves to be seen by as many people as possible”

“An exceptional production. You won’t want to miss it”

“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).

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The Tragedy of Macbeth Production Photo by Marc Brenner.



By William Shakespeare
Yaël Farber
Set Soutra Gilmour
Costume Joanna Scotcher
Light Tim Lutkin
Sound Peter Rice
Composer Tom Lane
Movement Emily Terndrup
Wigs, Hair and Makeup Designer Cynthia De La Rosa
 Julia Horan CDG
Children’s Casting Verity Naughton
Fight Direction Kate Waters
Costume Supervisor Sydney Florence
Text Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Assistant Director Yasmin Hafesji
Assistant Set Designer Rachel Wingate
Children’s Casting Assistant Nick Hockaday


Michael Abubakar
Ross Anderson
Aoife Burke
Emun Elliott
Diane Fletcher
William Gaunt
Myles Grant
Akiya Henry
Maureen Hibbert
Reuben Joseph
Gareth Kennerley
Valerie Lilley
Jamie-Lee Martin
James McArdle
Adam McNamara
Henry Meredith
Dereke Oladele
Richard Rankin
Saoirse Ronan
Emet Yah Khai
K-ets Yah Khai