Out, Damned Spot!: Macbeth Ends Broadway Run May 24

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24 May 2008

Kate Fleetwood and Patrick Stewart in <I>Macbeth.</I>
Kate Fleetwood and Patrick Stewart in Macbeth.
Photo by Manuel Harlan

The acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of Macbeth – starring 2008 Tony nominees Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood – concludes its limited Broadway engagement May 24 at the Lyceum Theatre.

Stewart and company transferred to Broadway following a sold-out run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in February. Prior to its U.S. premiere, Macbeth enjoyed a limited engagement in the West End.

For its West End run, Macbeth earned Olivier Awards for director Rupert Goold and Best Lighting Design for Howard Harrison. The Broadway incarnation garnered six Tony nominations including Best Revival as well as Best Leading Actor and Actress in a Play for, respectively, Stewart and Fleetwood as the murderous couple.

Under the direction of Goold, Macbeth began previews on Broadway March 29 and officially opened April 8. The production will have played 64 performances at the Lyceum.

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. Goold has set the production in a "subterranean kitchen that serves as a military hospital in a timeless and nameless country."



Stewart and Fleetwood are joined 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), 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.

The Broadway engagement was 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.