“Hearts beat fast in the thrilling new ‘Macbeth’ that has transformed the Park Avenue Armory into a war zone, and every breath starts to feel like a gasp.”
– The New York Times
Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition and treachery gets a thrilling new life in the U.S. premiere of the electrifying production by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following its acclaimed sold-out run at the Manchester International Festival in England. Kenneth Branagh, in his first Shakespeare performance in more than a decade, is joined by Alex Kingston, in their highly-anticipated New York stage debuts, as the once great leader and his adored wife, who incites him to sell his soul in the quest for greater power.
Utilizing the Armory’s unique space and military history, this audacious staging brings to life one of Shakespeare’s most powerful tragedies in an intensely physical, fast-paced production that places the audience directly on the sidelines of battle. Blood, sweat, and the elements of nature can be directly felt as the action unfurls across a traverse stage, with heaven beckoning at one end and hell looming at the other.
CAST AND CREW
Directors: Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh
Cast: David Annen, Andy Apollo, Elliot Balchin, Nari Blair-Mangat, Norman Bowman, Kenneth Branagh, Charlie Cameron, Richard Coyle, Jordan Dean, Patrick Neil Doyle, Laura Elsworthy, Tom Godwin, Cody Green, Edward Harrison, Alex Kingston, Dylan Clark Marshall, Stuart Neal, John Shrapnel, Harry Lister Smith, Zachary Spicer, Scarlett Strallen, Dominic Thorburn, Kate Tydman, Anjana Vasan, Alexander Vlahos, Katie West, Benny Young, Jimmy Yuill
Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Oram
Composer: Patrick Doyle
Lighting Designer: Neil Austin
Sound Designer: Christopher Shutt
Fight Director: Terry King
Hair & Make-up Consultant: Carol Hemming
Illusion Consultant: Paul Kieve
Associate Designer: Lee Newby
Associate Choreographer: Chris Bailey
Music Programmer: Rupert Cross
Text Advisor: Russell Jackson
Casting Director: Anne McNulty, CDG
Additional New York Casting: Telsey + Company
Commissioned and produced by Park Avenue Armory and Manchester International Festival.
The New York production of Macbeth is produced in association with Colin Callendar.
Support for this production has been provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Susan and Elihu Rose, The Bodman Foundation, Lizabeth and Frank Newman, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and the Richenthal Foundation.
This production is supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Photos of Macbeth from Manchester International Festival: Johan Persson