The Verdict: Critics Review Macbeth, Starring Kenneth Branagh

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06 Jun 2014

The Park Avenue Armory's immersive production of Macbeth, starring Kenneth Branagh, officially opened June 5 following previews that began May 31 in the Armory's expansive Wade Thompson Drill Hall. 

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 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.

Here's how the production is billed: "This staging of Macbeth transforms the Armory and its 55,000-square-foot drill hall, taking advantage of the building's unique spaces and military history to bring to life one of Shakespeare's most powerful tragedies in an intensely physical, fast-paced production that places the audience directly on the frontlines of battle. The audience will be drawn into the blood, sweat, and elements of nature as the action unfurls across a traverse stage, with heaven beckoning at one end and hell looming at the other."

The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

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