RSC's Macbeth starring Christopher Eccleston to air on BBC Four this weekend

The production will be aired as part of the network's Culture in Quarantine series. 

RSC Macbeth

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2018 production of Macbeth will air on BBC Four at 9:30PM on 14 June as part of BBC’s Culture in Quarantine series. The Royal Shakespeare Company is encouraging viewers to “watch along” and post on Twitter throughout the production by tagging @theRSC and using the hashtag #AlmostLiveFromTheRSC.

The production, directed by Polly Findlay, was first performed at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2018 before transferring to the Barbican in the same year. 

Macbeth starred Emmy award-winning actor Christopher Ecclestone in the title role and British stage veteran Niamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth. The production marked Eccleston's Royal Shakespeare Company debut and the return of Cusack to the Company.

The creative team also included design by Fly Davis, lighting by Lizzie Powell, music by Rupert Cross, Sound by Christopher Shutt, movement by Aline David, fights by Kate Water, and illusions by Chris Fisher.

Royal Shakespeare Company will be announcing future broadcasts and “watch-along opportunities,” and Shakespeare fans can watch these six productions at any time via BBC-IPlayer.

- Hamlet (2016, directed by Simon Godwin, with Paapa Essiedu in the title role)

- Macbeth (2018, directed by Polly Findlay, with Christopher Ecclestone in the title role and Niamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth)

- Much Ado About Nothing (2014, directed by Christopher Luscombe, with Edward Bennett as Benedick and Michelle Terry as Beatrice)

- Othello (2015, directed by Iqbal Khan, with Hugh Quarshie in the title role and Lucian Msamati as Iago)

- Romeo and Juliet (2018, directed by Erica Whyman, RSC Deputy Artistic Director, with Bally Gill as Romeo and Karen Fishwick as Juliet)

- The Merchant of Venice (2015, directed by Polly Findlay, with Makram J. Khoury as Shylock).

Photo credit: Richard Davenport (Royal Shakespeare Company)

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