Macbeth Closes on Broadway

Macbeth on BroadwayIt’s been a big season for the Bard on Broadway, with productions of Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Richard III, and William Shakespeare’s famed tragedy Macbeth, which concluded its run at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre today.

Actor Ethan Hawke took on the lead role in ‘the Scottish play’ (as it is often called by those too superstitious to say its name) for this production, which featured direction by Jack O’Brien and co-starred John Glover, Richard Easton, Malcolm Gets, Byron Jennings, Brian d’Arcy James, Daniel Sunjata, and Anne-Marie Duff, who made her Broadway debut as Lady Macbeth.

Macbeth was previously seen on Broadway just last season in a nearly-solo production featuring Alan Cumming (soon to be back on Broadway this season in the re-revival of Cabaret) playing all of the parts himself.

Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth Will Come To New York

Kenneth BranaghThe acclaimed Manchester International Festival production of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, starring Kenneth Branagh, will come to Park Avenue Armory in New York City next summer. Though Branagh has a great deal of experience on the English stage, this will mark the esteemed actor’s New York stage debut.

Featuring Kenneth Branagh in the title role and Alex Kingston (also making her debut on the NYC stage) as Lady Macbeth, the production has set and costume design by Christopher Oram, lighting by Neil Austin, sound design courtesy of Christopher Shutt, and music by frequent Branagh collaborator Patrick Doyle.

Referring to the Armory space where the production will be staged, Branagh stated that, “Utilizing the possibilities of the vast open space is a truly exciting prospect. I am delighted that we have the chance to recreate Macbeth in this epic setting.”

Ethan Hawke To Play Macbeth on Broadway

Ethan HawkeLincoln Center Theater has announced its upcoming season, which will include a wide variety of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Ethan Hawke will play the title role in a new production of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, beginning performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, LCT’s Broadway space, in October. Jack O’Brien will direct the production.

The Spring production at the Beaumont will be Act One, James Lapine’s adaptation of playwright Moss Hart’s celebrated autobiography. Casting has not yet been announced.

LCT’s Off-Broadway season, taking place at the Newhouse Theater, is to include the new play Domesticated by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning writer Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park). There will also be a production of The City of Conversation, written by Anthony Giardina and directed by Doug Hughes (Doubt).

Natalie Portman To Star in New Film of Macbeth

Natalie PortmanWilliam Shakespeare’s famed tragedy Macbeth, which is currently represented on Broadway in Alan Cumming’s solo version of the bloody play, will soon get a new film treatment.

Directed by Justin Kurzel, the new movie Macbeth will star Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, Shame, X-Men) as Macbeth himself, the soldier who resorts to murder to become King of Scotland. Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Garden State, Star Wars) will take on the iconic role of Lady Macbeth, his scheming and ambitious wife.

The playscript of Macbeth has been adapted for the screen by Todd Luiso and Jacob Koskoff for this film.

Broadway Star Alan Cumming Releases Shakespeare Recording

Alan CummingJust as he prepares to take on William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth (all by himself!) on Broadway at the Barrymore Theatre, Alan Cumming releases a new recording on which he tackles several of the Bard’s works. The Head That Wears a Crown, available from GPR Records, features Cumming reciting numerous speeches from Shakespeare plays.

On the 22-track album are many of Shakespeare’s most revered speeches, including “Now is the winter of our discontent” from Richard III, “Once more unto the breach” from Henry V, and “If music be the food of love, play on” from Twelfth Night, along with lesser-known passages.

The Head That Wears a Crown is already available for digital download, and it will be released in stores on April 23. Alan Cumming’s one-man Macbeth begins previews on April 7, with its official Broadway opening set for April 21.