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

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About the show

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

36 Reviews Add review

Not the best Macbeth I have seen.

caz83 5’10, 120 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... More

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, 395 reviews, 4 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. More

susanashwin 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I didn't necessary like the show because it wasn't what I thought it would be like. Also I thought it was more PG than it should be.... More

sarahward 5 foot, 296 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 the... More

katsonstage 5'8", 145 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I left at the interval. I just didn't understand any of the decisions that anyone made. Anne Marie Duff was quite good as usual, but... More

ryansouch 6"4, 94 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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

Lethaniel-S-C 6", 52 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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

ohmrli 70 reviews, 0 helpful votes