Stage Adaptation of Goold’s Macbeth Coming to PBS

Stage Adaptation of Goold’s Macbeth Coming to PBS

Stage Adaptation of Goold’s Macbeth Coming to PBS

After an extremely successful run on the stage, Rupert Goold’s version of Macbeth is coming to the television screen.  Goold’s rendition of Shakespeare’s Macbeth has played to sold-out venues at the London West End, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Broadway.  The television adaptation was filmed at the end of 2009.

Co-produced by WNET.ORG and Illuminations Television, the made for TV film will star Sir Patrick Stewart as he returns to play his role as an ambitious general, as well as Kate Fleetwood playing the role of his scheming wife.  Stewart and Fleetwood were both nominated for Tony Awards for their roles in the stage production.

The movie is part of PBS’s Great Performances series.  Goold’s version of Macbeth takes place in a 20th-centruy military based society, and has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.  Goold’s version moves to the modern world in an attempt to show the story of the quest for power and war in the modern world.  Goold’s stage play has been called the most vivid and clear adaptation of the Shakespearian tragedy to date.

Making its debut in England’s Chichester Festival Theatre, the play soon became a hit in England and made its first appearance in the States in Brooklyn during 2008.

The film will air starting October 6 on PBS as part of the Great Performances series.  In addition to the film, WNET.ORG is also offering teachers a guide to help utilize the film for educational reasons.


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