British actress Anne-Marie Duff will join Ethan Hawke in Lincoln Center Theater's forthcoming Broadway staging of the bloody Shakespeare classic Macbeth. Duff makes her New York stage debut as Hawke’s power-hungry wife, Lady Macbeth. Directed by Jack O'Brien, the production will begin performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on October 24, with an official opening night set for November 21.
Duff starred as Fiona Gallagher on the U.K. series Shameless alongside her real-life husband, James McAvoy. Additional screen credits include The Virgin Queen, Notes on a Scandal, The Last Station, Nowhere Boy and The History of Mr. Polly. Her extensive British stage credits include Saint Joan, A Doll’s House, King Lear, Days of Wine and Roses, War and Peace, Peter Pan, Strange Interlude and Collected Stories. She also starred on audio recordings of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Othello.
Macbeth follows the title Scottish general (Hawke), who receives a prophecy from three witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne. He soon becomes a tyrannical ruler and commits several murders to protect himself. The bloodbath takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (Duff) into realms of arrogance, madness and death.
Macbeth features sets by Scott Pask, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Japhy Weideman and original music and sound design by Mark Bennett.