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Macbeth (BBC Drama, Patrick Stewart)

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High flying stage director Rupert Goold makes his film debut with this scintillating version of his highly acclaimed stage production which started life at the Chichester Festival Theatre before taking both the West End and Broadway by storm.

Goold brings the action forward and the setting is a never identified central European country where things are on the verge of collapse. The production was filmed in the environs of the underground tunnels and rooms beneath Nottinghamshire’s Walbeck Abbey which gives the whole thing an air of intenseness and unpredictability.

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PATRICK STEWART as Macbeth
KATE FLEETWOOD as Lady Macebth
MARTIN TURNER as Banquo
MICHAEL FEAST as Macduff
SCOTT HANDY as Malcolm
PAUL SHELLEY as Duncan/Doctor
SUZANNE BURDEN as Lady Macduff
MARK RAWLINGS as Lennox
TIM TRELOAR as Ross
BILL NASH as Angus
CHRISTOPHER KNOTT as Old Seyward/Murderer
CHRISTOPHER PATRICK NOLAN as Porter
BEN CARPENTER as Donalbain/Youny Seyward
HYWEL JOHN as Bloody Sergeant/Murderer
SOPHIE HUNTER as Witch/Gentlewoman
POLLY FRAME as Witch
NIAMH McGRADY, OLIVER BURCH as Servants to the Macbeths

Play: William Shakespeare / Producers: John Wyver, Sebastian Grant / Director: Rupert Goold

UK / BBC Four / 1×150 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 12 December 2010 at 7.30pm