Macbeth at Barbican Theatre tickets
Macbeth at Barbican Theatre tickets

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About the show

The Royal Shakespeare Company bring Shakespeare’s popular tragedy Macbeth to the London stage, playing at the Barbican Theatre as part of their annual season. A psychological thriller of witches and a doomed Scottish king, the production features a stellar cast and creative team, with Christopher Eccleston making his RSC debut.

One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, Macbeth follows the title character as we first meet him as a warrior returning from battle, honoured by the aging King Duncan for his achievements at war. Later, Macbeth has a supernatural encounter with a trio of witches, who implant a seed of ambition that grows into self-destruction, eventually destroying his family and his kingdom.

Christopher Eccleston and Sinead Cusack star as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Eccleston makes his debut with the company, best-known for his screen roles in Doctor Who, The A Word and blockbuster Thor. Cusack began her career at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, before moving to London to work with the RSC. She has appeared in the West End, on Broadway and on screen.

Polly Findlay directs, after most recently directing Beginning, which transferred from the National Theatre to the West End. The production also features design by Fly Davis, lighting design by Lizzie Powell, sound design by Christopher Shutt and movement by Aline David, with music by Rupert Cross and illusions by Chris Fisher.

The RSC comes to London every winter with a collection of shows, with the 2018 season featuring productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Catapulted into a modern world, Macbeth runs at Barbican Theatre from 15 October 2018 to 18 January 2019.

Recommended for

Audiences who love their Shakespeare, fans of the stars in the cast and those who don’t have the chance to go to Stratford during the year won’t want to miss out on the chance to see this updated production of Macbeth.

Age Recommendations: No under 5's

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 33 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 15 Oct 2018
Booking from: 17 Jan 2019
Booking until: 18 Jan 2019

Location and map

Barbican Theatre
Silk Street
London, EC2Y 8DS

18 Reviews Add review

A good take on one of Shakespeare's classics. Christopher Eccleston commanded the stage with his performance of Macbeth and Niamh... More

joc78 5"4, 404 reviews, 4 helpful votes

tammipointer 168cm, 112 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Brilliant adaptation! Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack were absolutely brilliant in their roles. The children in the production... More

olivial 15 reviews, 1 helpful vote

vivalabeat 172 cm, 179 reviews, 11 helpful votes

Actors did the best they could but this play was edited by a butcher to the point that motivations were impossible to understand. If... More

JenK 5'10, 66 reviews, 1 helpful vote

An excellent production. Both Niamh Cusack and Christopher Eccleston were excellent in their roles and transforming the three witches... More

kimr 160 cm, 14 reviews, 0 helpful votes

alexandert3 40 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic adaption of a Shakespeare classic. Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack fit the roles perfectly and the choice to make... More

albuspotter 5"11, 242 reviews, 15 helpful votes

LainerGertLush 5’4”, 63 reviews, 0 helpful votes