Black and Deep Desires: Macbeth Opens On Broadway April 8

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Shakespeare's murder-filled tragedy Macbeth – starring Patrick Stewart in the title role – officially opens on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre April 8.
Kate Fleetwood and Patrick Stewart in Macbeth.
Kate Fleetwood and Patrick Stewart in Macbeth. Photo by Manuel Harlan

The Chichester Festival Theatre production – which recently picked up Olivier Awards for Best Direction for Rupert Goold and Best Lighting Design for Howard Harrison – is set in a "subterranean kitchen that serves as a military hospital in a timeless and nameless country."

Stewart is Macbeth in Shakespeare's bloody tragedy about a murderous general's ascent to the throne with the aid of his plotting wife, portrayed by Kate Fleetwood. Previews began March 29, following critically praised engagements at BAM and in the West End. Macbeth runs through May 24.

Stewart and Fleetwood are joined onstage by Paul Shelley (Duncan), Scott Handy (Malcolm), Ben Carpenter (Donalbain), Martin Turner (Banquo), Michael Feast (Macduff), Mark Rawlings (Lennox), Tim Treloar (Ross), Bill Nash (Angus), Christopher Knott (Old Seyward), Oliver Birch (Lady Macbeth's servant), Christopher Patrick Nolan (Seyton), Hywel John (Bloody Sergeant) and Suzanne Burden (Lady Macduff) with plus Polly Frame, Niamh McGrady and Sophie Hunter (Witches).

The design team for Macbeth comprises Anthony Ward (production design), Howard Harrison (lighting design), Adam Cork (composition and sound design), Lorna Heavey (video and projection design), Georgina Lamb (movement director) and Terry King (fight director).

Patrick Stewart starred in the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's The Caretaker. His additional stage credits include A Christmas Carol, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Tempest as well as recent turns in the RSC's Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest, which was also directed by Goold. Stewart is well known for his screen work as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in "Star Trek" as well as his performances in the "X-Men" movies. Stewart is slated to return to the RSC stage as Claudius in Hamlet later this year. The Broadway engagement is produced by Duncan C. Weldon & Paul Elliott, Jeffrey Archer, Bill Ballard, Terri and Timothy Childs, Rodger Hess, David Mirvish, Adriana Mnuchin and Emanuel Azenberg with BAM.

Macbeth plays the following schedule at the Lyceum: weeks beginning April 14, April 28, May 12: Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM; weeks beginning April 7, April 21, May 5: Tuesday-Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM, Sunday at 3 PM; and week beginning May 19: Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM.

Tickets, priced $50-$100, are available by phoning (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.Telecharge.com. The Lyceum Theatre is located at 149 West 45th Street in Manhattan.

<i>Macbeth</i> stars Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood.
Macbeth stars Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood. Photo by Manuel Harlan
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