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Part of Ambitious Fiends

  • 2018/Winter/Macbeth


Financial Times
‘Hastie’s Macbeth fully, wonderfully gets the measure of the play’

The Telegraph
'Psychologically coherent and deliciously tenebrous’

‘The most potent theatrical moment of the year’

Daily Mail
‘This Macbeth delivers a delicious bump in the night’

The Times
‘A startlingly good production that will really get into your head’

The Arts Desk
A ‘gorgeous shadow-painted production’

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Saturday 15 December, 2.00pm 
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Friday 18 January, 7.30pm
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Thursday 13 December, 7.30pm
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Thursday 31 January, 7.30pm
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7 November 2018 – 2 February 2019

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Tickets Running time
TicketsFixed Position Standing: £10 | Seated: £20 – £48
Premium Tickets: £62
Running timeApprox. 2 hrs 30 mins, including an interval

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The Company
To include: 

Catrin Aaron

Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd
Fight Directors

Philip Cumbus

Marc Elliott

Robert Hastie

Joseph Marcell
Duncan / Porter

Isabel Marr
Assistant Director

Peter McKintosh

Laura Moody

Anna-Maria Nabirye

Paul Ready

Kirsty Rider
Lady Macduff

Laura Rushton
Costume Supervisor

Michelle Terry
Lady Macbeth

Philippine Velge

Kit Young

Robert Hastie 


Peter McKintosh


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fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
Of direst cruelty! make thick my blood;

Act I, scene 5


Returning as heroes from the battlefield, Macbeth and Banquo encounter three witches who prophesy that Macbeth will become King of Scotland. When Lady Macbeth learns of this, she compels her husband to murder King Duncan, unleashing a brutal cycle of bloodshed, paranoia and guilt, as the couple do whatever is needed to cling to the crown.


Macbeth is a timely reminder of the destruction that can result from the quest for power, and an examination of the evil forces that can take root in the imagination of a tyrant. The flickering candlelight of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse provides the perfect setting for Shakespeare’s unsettling variation on the theme of the Faustian pact.

Ambitious Fiends

In our first festival of the season, we will explore early modern and modern responses to the themes of power and corruption.

Ambitious Fiends runs November 2018 – February 2019 and includes Macbeth, Doctor Faustus, Dark Night of the Soul and Ralegh: The Treason Trial

Introductory Talk

Leading Shakespeare scholars, with the support of Globe actors, offer inspiring introductory talks before the performance.

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
£8 (£6 Members / Students)

Wednesday 21 November 2018, 6.00pm
Tuesday 22 January 2019, 6.00pm

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