Cush Jumbo to star in 'Macbeth' opposite David Tennant

Max Webster will direct the new production of Shakespeare's tragedy at the Donmar Warehouse beginning on 8 December, with performances running through 10 February.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Some more casting this way comes! Cush Jumbo has been announced to star as Lady Macbeth in the Donmar Warehouse's upcoming production of Macbeth. She will star opposite the previously announced David Tennant from 8 December to 10 February, with opening night on 15 December.

"I’m so thrilled that Cush Jumbo will be returning to the Donmar after her extraordinary performance as Mark Antony in the Shakespeare Trilogy," said director Max Webster. "I first saw Cush on stage as the most brilliant Rosalind over ten years ago at the Royal Exchange in Manchester and have consistently been moved and surprised at her performances on stage and screen ever since. I think she will bring power, emotion, and great humanity to this iconic role and will be absolutely electric alongside David Tennant.”

Webster's production of Shakespeare's Macbeth places audiences in the title character's mind as he receives a prophecy that he will become a great king. With the encouragement of his wife, he kills to win his crown, doing great damage as he tries to control his fate.

Alongside Webster, the creative team includes set designer Rosanna Vize, lighting designer Bruno Poet, sound designer Gareth Fry, and movement director Shelley Maxwell.

Who is Cush Jumbo?

Jumbo is a Shakespeare veteran, having performed in Julius Caesar at the Donmar and in New York, Hamlet at the Young Vic, and The Taming of the Shrew with Shakespeare in the Park in New York. Her other credits include Common and She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre and The River on Broadway.

Opposite Jumbo, David Tennant will play the title role for the first time in his career. Find out more about David Tennant in West End shows.

Macbeth is at the Donmar Warehouse from 8 December.

Photo credit: Cush Jumbo. (Photo courtesy of production)

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