By Carey Purcell
12 May 2014
|Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging|
Directed by Branagh and Tony winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie, How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying), the immersive staging of William Shakespeare's tragedy will officially open June 5. The production stars five-time Academy Award nominee Branagh ("Hamlet," "My Week with Marilyn") as the ambitious Thane of Cawdor and Alex Kingston ("Doctor Who," "Arrow") as Lady Macbeth, both making their New York stage debuts.
The production was originally mounted in Manchester, and the majority of the cast will reprise their roles, with the additions of Richard Coyle (Proof, Donmar Warehouse) as Macduff, Scarlett Strallen (Merry Wives of Windsor, Royal Shakespeare Company) as Lady Macduff; Tom Godwin (The Taming of the Shrew, Globe) as Porter; Edward Harrison (Henry V, West End) as Lennox; Dylan Clark Marshall ("Revolutionary Road"); Zachary Spicer (Wit, Manhattan Theatre Club); and Kate Tydman (Kiss Me, Kate; Old Vic) as a Swing.
Completing the cast are David Annen, Andy Apollo, Elliot Balchin, Nari Blair-Mangat, Norman Bowman, Charlie Cameron, Jordan Dean, Patrick Neil Doyle, Laura Elsworthy, Cody Green, Stuart Neal, John Shrapnel, Harry Lister Smith, Dominic Thorburn, Anjana Vasan, Alexander Vlahos, Katie West, Benny Young and Jimmy Yuill.
"Under the visionary direction of Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford, we are so looking forward to having this extraordinary company and creative team bring this monumental Macbeth to life in our soaring drill hall and historic period rooms," Rebecca Robertson, president and executive producer of Park Avenue Armory, said in a statement. "Audiences come to the Armory expecting the unexpected, and Macbeth will surely be no exception to that rule."
The creative team for Macbeth includes set and costume designer Christopher Oram, lighting designer Neil Austin and sound designer Christopher Shutt. The production will feature compositions by Patrick Doyle. Terry King is fight director, Carol Hemming is hair and make up consultant, Paul Kieve is illusion consultant, Lee Newby is associate designer and Chris Bailey is associate choreographer. Rupert Cross is music programmer, Russell Jackson is text advisor and Anne McNulty is casting director. Additional New York casting is by Telsey + Company.
In addition to the public performances, the Park Avenue Armory will present a special matinee performance of Macbeth June 11 for New York City public middle and high school students from all five boroughs who participate in the Armory's arts education programs.
The Armory is making available a limited number of $19 rush tickets for each performance. These tickets will be available for in-person purchase at Park Avenue Armory on the day of every performance, beginning at 4 PM for evening shows and 11 AM for matinees. There is a limit of one ticket per person, and regular facility fees will apply.
Tickets are available at armoryonpark.org. The Park Avenue Armory is located at 643 Park Avenue.