Toil and Trouble: Macbeth Begins Broadway Performances March 29

News   Toil and Trouble: Macbeth Begins Broadway Performances March 29 Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood are the power-hungry couple at the center of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Macbeth, which arrives on Broadway March 29.
Patrick Stewart as Macbeth.
Patrick Stewart as Macbeth. Photo by Manuel Harlan

Stewart stars in the title role of Shakespeare's bloody tragedy about a murderous general's ascent to the throne with the aid of his plotting wife. Rupert Goold, who earned an Olivier Award for his direction of Macbeth, has set the production in a "subterranean kitchen that serves as a military hospital in a timeless and nameless country."

Macbeth comes to Broadway following critically acclaimed engagements at BAM and in the West End, where the production earned Olivier Awards for Goold and Best Lighting Design for Howard Harrison. The production officially opens April 8 and will play through May 24 at the Lyceum Theatre.

Joining Stewart and Fleetwood are 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), Suzanne Burden (Lady Macduff), 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.

Kate Fleetwood
photo by Manuel Harlan

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 will play the following schedule at the Lyceum: weeks beginning March 31, 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.

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