Macbeth Tickets

Macbeth Tickets

Macbeth Tickets
Macbeth Tickets

About Macbeth

Christopher Eccleston makes his RSC debut in the title role of Shakespeare’s psychological thriller, opposite Niamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth and with Edward Bennett as Macduff.

Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.

Polly Findlay’s contemporary production of this dark tragedy of power and revenge marks her return to the Barbican following her stunning staging of The Alchemist in 2016.

The role of Macbeth will be played by Mr Paul Dodds on 18th October, 1.30pm

Photography by Richard Davenport © RSC

Run time

2hrs 33min (incl. interval)

Start date

15th October, 2018

End date

18th January, 2019


Macbeth cast and creative team

By: William Shakespeare
Songs by: Rupert Cross
Director: Polly Findlay
Producer: Royal Shakespeare Company
Cast list: Christopher Eccleston, Niamh Cusack
Design: Fly Davis
Lighting: Lizzie Powell
Choreography: Movemet: Aline David
Sound: Christopher Shutt


Silk Street, London, United Kingdom, EC2Y 8DS


Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: Moorgate
Bus numbers: (Beech Street) 76, 153; (City Road) 21, 43, 141, 205, 214, 271
Night bus numbers: (Beech Street) N76; (City Road) 43, 205, 214, 271
Car park: Aldersgate Street underground car park (10mins)
Directions from tube: (10mins) Take Goswell Road and turn right at Fann Street. Continue straight onto Fortune Street, before turning right at Whitecross Street and follow it all the way down to the theatre entrance.

More information about Macbeth

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest presentation of the Scottish play “bulges with bright ideas” according to “The Guardian,” and stars Christopher Eccleston in his triumphant debut for the RSC playing the power-hungry king himself. Eccleston, most known for his role as the Ninth Doctor in the long-running beloved television series “Doctor Who,” plays a gruff, militant Macbeth who only grows darker as Lady Macbeth encourages him further down into the cavern of his bitter greed. This production of the classic cautionary tale is presented at The Barbican, a perfect space to house its combination of brooding darkness and lofty desires.

Director Polly Findlay casts bold emphasis on the egregious burden of time, showcasing the minute-by-minute unraveling of the king’s sanity with the glowing red countdown of a digital clock. Fans of the Shakespearean tragedy will admire the horror elements in Findlay’s rendition, complete with creepy little girls portraying the Weird Sisters and plenty of bloody terror to go around.

What to watch for

Macbeth has been Christopher Eccleston’s dream role ever since he started out as a young actor in an amateur production where he played both Macduff and the Sergeant. For this production he told the “Metro,” “I felt then, and I feel now, that I have the ammunition to play him.”

Before her successful career as a theatre director, Polly Findlay was once a child actor, performing with the RSC herself at the age of 12. Now, she’s most noted for winning the James Menzies-Kitchin Trust's Young Theatre Director award in 2007.

The RSC has had numerous memorable stagings of the Scottish play, including such critically acclaimed productions as the groundbreaking 1976 interpretation with Trevor Nunn and more recently with two-time Laurence Olivier Award winner Sir Anthony Sher.


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