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Macbeth [2013]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Eve Best

When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing – first Banquo, his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant’s crown.

From its mesmerising first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches' prophecy, Shakespeare’s gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination.

Billy Boyd and Samantha Spiro featured as part of the Adopt an Actor interview series for this production.

This production will employ Renaissance costumes and staging.


  • Set Design Mike Britton
  • Composer Olly Fox
  • Choreography Charlotte Broom
  • Choreography Sian Williams


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The Times
Dominic Maxwell

"Eve Best's utterly absorbing, unusually amusing staging, which shows us a loving couple whose souls blacken as marriage frays."

Financial Times
Griselda Murray Brown

"Director Eve Best mines the play for unexpected humour and gets real laughs from the audience. Joseph Millson is a captivating, swarthy Macbeth and Samantha Spiro brings a steely composure to the part of his bullying wife, barking orders and insults with relish."

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Daily Mail
Quentin Letts

"There may well have been tourists who left this production thinking Macbeth was a comedy. That's a first."

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