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Macbeth, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC Show Poster


Ethel Barrymore Theatre

1hr, 40mins (0 Intermissions)

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Alan Cumming stars in this radical re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Scottish play.

Theater Info

Ethel Barrymore Theatre
243 West 47th Street
New York, NY
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Important Dates

Apr 07, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
Jul 14, 2013

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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.


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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

In a sad, emotionally draining and bravura perf, [Cumming] makes it seem as if every psychosis and hallucination in the play is an expression of one man’s fragile state of mind.

Review by Mark Fisher from Variety

The original moments of ingenuity…make this 'Macbeth' impossible to stop watching: Cumming’s Duncan as a pompous English fool seated in a wheelchair instead of a throne, Macbeth consulting with the assassin of Banquo in a mirror and Malcolm portrayed as a baby doll.

Review by Mark Kennedy from Associated Press

The murderous general of the title is portrayed by the Scotland-born Alan Cumming, whose rich, rolling accent brings a whiff of the green highlands with it.

Review by Charles Isherwood from The New York Times


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Alan Cumming
Jenny Sterlin
Brendan Titley


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Written by
William Shakespeare
John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg
Set and Costume Designer
Merle Hensel
Lighting Designer
Natasha Chivers
Sound Designer
Fergus O'Hare
Projection Designer
Ian William Galloway