Patrick Stewart Macbeth Airs on PBS Oct. 6

News   Patrick Stewart Macbeth Airs on PBS Oct. 6
A cinematic adaptation of the recent West End and Broadway production of Macbeth, featuring Sir Patrick Stewart — currently back on Broadway in David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre — in the title role, makes its American television debut Oct. 6.

Kate Fleetwood and Patrick Stewart in Macbeth.
Kate Fleetwood and Patrick Stewart in Macbeth. Photo by Manuel Harlan

The production, which was directed by Rupert Goold, will air on PBS stations around the country at 9 PM as part of the "Great Performances" series; check local listings.

The co-production between WNET.ORG and Illuminations Television, in association with the BBC, also features Tony-nominated Kate Fleetwood as Macbeth's coldly scheming wife with Michael Feast (Macduff); Martin Turner (Banquo); Scott Handy (Malcolm); Paul Shelley (Duncan); Suzanne Burden (Lady Macduff); and Christopher Patrick Nolan (The Porter).

Originating at England's innovative Chichester Festival Theatre, the play, according to press notes, "is taken out of its Scottish context to offer an allegory of war and the quest for power in the modern world....Shot in High-Definition at Welbeck Abbey in the U.K., Goold maintains the atmosphere and tone of the stage version, heightening the Shakespearean classic with an edgy style."

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