Casting is complete for Lincoln Center Theater’s production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Directed by Jack O’Brien, the star-studded cast of 27 is led by Ethan Hawke as Macbeth and Anne-Marie Duff as Lady Macbeth. The play begins performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on October 24 and officially opens on November 21.
In addition to Hawke and Duff, the production features Daniel Sunjata as Macduff, Brian d’Arcy James as Banquo, Richard Easton as Duncan, Jonny Orsini as Malcolm, Bianca Amato as Lady Macduff and Malcolm Gets, John Glover and Byron Jennings as the Three Witches. The cast also includes Shirine Babb, John Patrick Doherty, Austin Durant, Francesca Faridany, Stephanie Fieger, Ben Horner, Ruy Iskandar, Aaron Krohn, Jeremiah Maestas, Christopher McHale, Sam Poon, Triney Sandoval, Nathan Stark, Patrick Vaill, Tyler Lansing Weaks and Derek Wilson.
Sunjata received a Tony nomination for his performance in Take Me Out; he has appeared on screen in Rescue Me, Smash, The Devil Wears Prada, The Dark Night Rises, The Bronx is Burning and Graceland. James is a two-time Tony nominee for his work in Shrek and The Sweet Smell of Success. Easton is a Tony winner for his performance in The Invention of Love; his vast Broadway credits include The Coast of Utopia, Henry IV, Noises Off, The Cherry Orchard, The School for Scandal and The Country Road. Orsini made his Broadway debut last season in LCT’s The Nance. Amato appeared in the Broadway productions of The Coast of Utopia and Arcadia. Gets’ stage credits include his Tony-nominated turn in Amour, A New Brain, Hello Again, Merrily We Roll Along, Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Boys from Syracuse. Glover won a Tony for his performance in Love! Valour! Compassion!, and his other notable stage credits include Death of a Salesman, Waiting for Godot, The Great God Brown, The Paris Letter and The Drowsy Chaperone. Jennings has appeared in numerous Broadway productions, including Arcadia, The Invention of Love, Dinner at Eight, Carousel, Twelve Angry Men, Macbeth, Inherit the Wind and Noises Off.
Macbeth follows the title Scottish general (Hawke), who receives a prophecy from three witches (Gets, Glover and Jennings) that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition, Macbeth murders King Duncan (Easton) 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 will feature sets by Scott Pask, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Japhy Weideman and original music and sound by Mark Bennett, projections by Jeff Sugg and fight direction by Steve Rankin.