Patrick Stewart Macbeth to Follow Is He Dead? Into the Lyceum

By Andrew Gans
and Adam Hetrick
February 26, 2008

The acclaimed production of Macbeth — which casts stage and screen star Patrick Stewart in the title role — is heading to Broadway.



The Shakespearean classic, the New York Times reports, will follow Is He Dead? which just announced a March 9 closing date into Broadway's Lyceum Theatre. Macbeth will play the Broadway venue for a limited eight-week run beginning at the end of March. Performance dates will be March 28-May 24.

Following a West End run this past December, Stewart and company arrived at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theatre Feb 12. The sold-engagement at BAM will conclude March 22.

The production, which originated at the Chichester Festival, features direction by Rupert Goold and is set in a "subterranean kitchen that serves as a military hospital in a timeless and nameless country."

Stewart is joined onstage by a British cast that includes Kate Fleetwood (Lady Macbeth), 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), Polly Frame, Niamh McGrady and Sophie Hunter (Witches).

Macbeth's design team 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 the "X-Men" movies. Stewart is slated to return to the RSC stage as Claudius in Hamlet later this year.

Ticket information for the Broadway run has yet to be announced.