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Ethel Barrymore Theatre

This unique production of Macbeth revisits the Shakespearean tragedy in the mind of a lone patient in a clinical room deep within a psych ward. Alan Cumming retells the classic story, playing every role, while the production utilizes multimedia in its reinterpretation of the text.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on July 14, 2013.

Ethel Barrymore Theatre

243 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036

Previews Apr 07, 2013
Opening Apr 21, 2013
Closing Jul 14, 2013

Story

What Is the Story of Macbeth?
In this chilling reimagined production of Macbeth, Tony winner Alan Cumming tackles nearly every role in Shakespeare’s iconic fight for the Scottish throne, including Lady Macbeth, Banquo, the three witches and of course, Macbeth. Set in an eerie mental institution, the story is told by a lone psychiatric patient through the use of surveillance cameras, props and an observing doctor and orderly who periodically check in on him. As the drama in Shakespeare’s masterpiece intensifies, the patient slips further into his own madness.

Critics' Reviews

"Directors John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg layer the production with spooky sounds and moody music and keep Cumming on the move—he races up stairs, climbs atop tables, gazes into a mirror and gets chatty with a doll."

Review by Joe Dziemianowicz from New York Daily News

"The actor even makes a convincing Lady Macbeth, who in his interpretation emerges as a frankly earthy figure willing to use sex as a bargaining tool."

Review by Thom Geier from Entertainment Weekly

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