The Infornmation on `Macbeth'
Friday 19 November 1999
Greg Doran's universally acclaimed, richly rewarding reading of Shakespeare's tragedy. The production manages to retain momentum throughout its 130- minute duration, which is played without an interval.
Who's In It?
Antony Sher, in the title role, gives a technically accomplished performance, and Harriet Walter is a ruthlessly unsentimental, supreme Lady Macbeth.
What They Say About It
"An object lesson in the difference between mere speed and exciting momentum... Doran's staging may cloak the stripped-back Swan Theatre in darkness but its own sane intelligence shines out from the hero's first appearance... Harriet Walter is the best Lady Macbeth I've seen since Judi Dench," Paul Taylor, The Independent.
"Hang out the banners! Stratford has come up with its best Macbeth since Trevor Nunn's legendary production a quarter of a century ago... Gregory Doran's version thrusts the play into a modern, militaristic society without diminishing its theatricality," Michael Billington, The Guardian.
"After Nigel Hawthorne's desperately disappointing King Lear, it is a real relief to find the RSC back in such strong form with this notoriously difficult play," Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph.
Where You Can See It
Macbeth is in rep at the RSC Swan Theatre, Stratford (01789 295623) to 18 Mar
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