Theatrical superstitions aside - consider the curse of Peter O'Toole's famously dreadful performance - Macbeth has always attracted big names. But before making it big on screen, Sewell stole the notices in his earlier stage appearances.
Elsewhere, it's slim pickings for theatrical stargazers. That's no bad thing in my book. Last year, you couldn't move for film actors slumming it on stage, but the hype tended to dwarf their productions, not to mention having the accidental knock-on effect of downgrading work by less newsworthy but no less talented companies.
Perhaps theatre-goers are in for a treat this season, discovering hidden delights rather than being pre-sold celebrity and sure-fire sensationalism.
`Macbeth', Queens Theatre, London W1 (0171-494 5040)from 3 Mar
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