- Dvd Region: 2+4 Pal (UK & Europe)
- Certificate: PG
- Running Time: Approx. 149 minutes
- Type: Fullscreen
Originally Transmitted: 5th November 1983
- Dvd Release Date: 2005
- Released By: BBC Worldwide Ltd.
- Distributed By: DD Home Entertainment
- Format: Colour Dvd Pal
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English sdh
- Audio: Mono
- Format: 4:3
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In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare’s plays for television.
The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical
and television directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors.
"Methought I heard a voice cry ‘Sleep no more!
Macbeth doth murder sleep"
Shakespeare’s dark tragedy tells of
ambition and guilt amidst a background of regicide,
violence and the supernatural. When a trio of witches tells
returning hero warrior Macbeth that he is fated to become King of Scotland,
he attempts to forge his own destiny. Aided and encouraged by his wife, he embarks on a guilt-ridden reign of terror.
Nicol Williamson (Macbeth) and Jane Lapotaire (Lady Macbeth),
both renowned Shakespearian actors, bring a tension and mood to the play rarely
seen outside of major theatrical events. Their performances bear testament
as to why Macbeth remains one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and this production has brought its magic to millions.
"When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?"
Nicol Williamson Jane Lapotaire
and Tony Doyle
Directed by Jack Gold
Produced by Shaun Sutton
In credits order
- Brenda Bruce ... First Witch
- Eileen Way ... Second Witch
- Anne Dyson ... Third Witch
- Mark Dignam ... Duncan
- James Hazeldine ... Malcolm
- Christopher Ellison ... Captain
- John Rowe ... Lennox
- Gawn Grainger ... Ross
- Nicol Williamson ... Macbeth
- Ian Hogg ... Banquo
- David Lyon ... Angus
- Jane Lapotaire ... Lady Macbeth
- Gordon Kane ... First Messenger
- Alistair Henderson ... Fleance
- James Bolam ... Porter
- Tony Doyle ... Macduff
- Tom Bowles ... Donalbain
- Will Leighton ... Old Man
- Eamon Boland ... Seyton
- Barry Lowe ... First Murderer
- Christopher Reich ... Second Murderer
- Jill Baker ... Lady Macduff
- Crispin Mair ... Son to Macduff
- Philip Dunbar ... Murderer
- Rodney Cardiff ... Murderer
- Mark Lindsay Chapman ... Murderer (as Mark Lindsay)
- John Woodnutt ... Doctor
- Matthew Long ... Menteith
- Peter Porteous ... Caithness
- William Abney ... Old Siward
- Denyse Alexander ... Gentlewoman
- Christopher Fulford ... Second Messenger
- Nicholas Coppin ... Young Siward
- Director: Jack Gold
- Produced: Shaun Sutton
- Adapted: William Shakespeare’s original play
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Hys Most Excellent and
Famous Tragedie of
A superior production of this classic dark tale of power
obsession corruption regicide insanity and finally retribution . . .
Shortly after James VI of Scotland
succeeded to the English throne, in 1603, he gave his patronage to
Shakespeare’s company; the Lord Chamberlain’s Men
became the King’s Men, entering into a special relationship with their sovereign.
Macbeth is the play of Shakespeare’s that most
clearly reflects this relationship. James regarded the virtuous and
noble Banquo, Macbeth’s comrade at the start of the
action as his direct ancestor; eight Stuart
kings were said to have preceded James, just as, in the play, Banquo
points to ‘a show of eight kings’ as his descendants (4.1.1 27.1- 140); and in the play
the English king (historically Edward the Confessor) is praised for the capacity,
on which James also prided himself to cure ‘the king’s evil’ (scrofula).
Macbeth is obviously a Jacobean play, composed probably in 1606.
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