Shakespeare’s darkest tale plays out in a dystopian Scotland brutalised by war. Under a toxic fog, Macbeth begins his tormented struggle for power, fuelled by ambition and paranoia.
Macbeth is an apposite and urgent play for today; a terrifyingly vivid description of life under a tyrant’s rule in a time born of chaos. This production was intended to be confrontational and challenging. The closeness of the reconfigured auditorium and the fact that over a third of the audience were seated onstage helped to create the inescapable sense of claustrophobia that the story demands. An incredibly committed cast were led by the irrepressible James McAvoy, who subsequently received his second Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor. The production was also honoured with an Olivier nomination for Best Revival.