Macbeth at National Theatre - Olivier tickets
Macbeth at National Theatre - Olivier tickets

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Overview

Sleep no more…

Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff return to the National Theatre to star in Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy, following respective performances in The Threepenny Opera and Common. Macbeth plays a strictly limited run at the Olivier Theatre, before embarking on a UK and Ireland tour.

Taking place in the ruined aftermath of a bloody and deadly civil war, the Macbeths join forces to attain the crown. With dark elements on their side, the pair undergo a fierce battle for power, but are ultimately haunted by the demons of their actions, which reap fatal consequences.

Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear stars as Macbeth, opposite Anne-Marie Duff as Lady Macbeth. Kinnear most recently appeared on stage in the Bridge Theatre’s premiere production Young Marx, whilst Duff recently starred opposite Kenneth Cranham in Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Further casting includes Nadia Albina, Michael Balogun, Stephen Boxer, Trevor Fox, Andrew Frame, Kevin Harvey, Hannah Hutch, Nicholas Karimi, Joshua Lacey, Penny Layden, Anna-Maria Nabirye, Patrick O’Kane, Amaka Okafor, Hauk Pattison, Alana Ramsey, Beatrice Scirocchi, Rakhee Sharma and Parth Thakerar.

Macbeth is directed by Artistic Director Rufus Norris, who recently helmed Mosquitoes and The Threepenny Opera at the National Theatre. Creatives include set designer Rae Smith, costumer designer Moritz Junge, lighting designer James Farncombe and sound designer Paul Arditti, with music by Orlando Gough.

A dark and gripping take one of the Bard’s best-known plays, Macbeth plays at the National’s Olivier Theatre for a limited run, with performances from 26 February to 12 May 2018, with a press night on 6 March 2018.

Recommended for

Fans of the two star actors should take the opportunity to see them star in Shakespeare’s tragedy, and those who love a contemporary remake of the classic tales should get their tickets booked.

Please note that Macbeth contains scenes of adult violence.

Age Recommendations: Contains scenes of adult violence.

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 55 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 26 Feb 2018
Press night: 06 Mar 2018
Booking from: 26 Feb 2018
Booking until: 12 May 2018

Location and map

National Theatre - Olivier
National Theatre, Upper Ground
London, SE1 9PX

31 Reviews Add review

Wonderful new interpretation of Macbeth with a stellar cast. Able also to understand the story well - a current but timeless setti... More

TheatreCrazyMum 5'3", 32 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Wonderful new interpretation of Macbeth with a stellar cast. Able also to understand the story well - a current but timeless setting with a great set, lights and sound too!

TheatreCrazyMum 5'3", 32 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Considering this show has been panned by the critics, I was expecting something terrible, however I was pleasantly surprised. The... More

joc78 5"4, 258 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Considering this show has been panned by the critics, I was expecting something terrible, however I was pleasantly surprised. The story of Macbeth was told in all its macabre glory from two outstanding leads (notably Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff) with some great staging and strong ensemble performances. Not the best Macbeth I've ever seen but certainly nowhere near as bad as the critics made out!

joc78 5"4, 258 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This isn't as bad as the critics have made out. Think they had too high expectations due to the cast. It's all too 'Mad Max' and t... More

katsonstage 5'8", 125 reviews, 5 helpful votes

This isn't as bad as the critics have made out. Think they had too high expectations due to the cast. It's all too 'Mad Max' and the first half has some almost laughable moments, but it all comes good in the second half. The acting from Kinnear and Duff is perfect as expected, although some of the supporting cast is a little shonky, especially Macduff who seems to think he's acting in the 19th century (all arms). But I enjoyed it....

katsonstage 5'8", 125 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Macbeth at the National boasts amazing performances but a less then stellar production, better Macbeth's have been produced, the N... More

Lethaniel-S-C 6", 59 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Macbeth at the National boasts amazing performances but a less then stellar production, better Macbeth's have been produced, the National's just doesn't stand out.

Lethaniel-S-C 6", 59 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It is modern version of the classic with full-on actions, stage design is great.

ohmrli 47 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It is modern version of the classic with full-on actions, stage design is great.

ohmrli 47 reviews, 0 helpful votes

juliapal 170, 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes

juliapal 170, 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I loved it. Took my (reluctant) 15 year old son who's studying the play for GCSE. He really enjoyed it especially the special effe... More

susanashwin 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I loved it. Took my (reluctant) 15 year old son who's studying the play for GCSE. He really enjoyed it especially the special effects.

susanashwin 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I just didn't get it to be honest. The concept of a post-apocalyptic world didn't really work and they'd done a lot of cutting suc... More

emilydiver 5"0, 197 reviews, 14 helpful votes

I just didn't get it to be honest. The concept of a post-apocalyptic world didn't really work and they'd done a lot of cutting such that I felt the show didn't really make sense any more. It lacked emotional intensity and I felt very little, even during the big moments.

emilydiver 5"0, 197 reviews, 14 helpful votes

vivalabeat 172 cm, 159 reviews, 7 helpful votes

vivalabeat 172 cm, 159 reviews, 7 helpful votes