Warehouse Macbeth for Edinburgh

Apr 28 2023 | By More

January 2024 dates for site-specific production

Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma are to star in a new production of Macbeth, touring to an as yet unnamed warehouse location in Edinburgh this coming January, 2024.

The site-specific production will be staged in four venues in Liverpool, Edinburgh, London and Washington DC. Tickets for the UK dates go on sale from June. It will play Edinburgh from Saturday 13 to Saturday 27 January 2024. You can sign up here for priority booking access.

It is produced by Wessex Grove and Underbelly, in association with Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington DC.

Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma. Pic Oliver Rosser

The production will reunite Fiennes and Varma with director Simon Godwin, following their work together on an acclaimed production of Shaw’s Man and Superman in 2015 at the English National Theatre.

It will be adapted by Emily Burns and designed by Frankie Bradshaw. Burns adapted Romeo & Juliet for National Theatre Live in a pandemic production, filmed in the backstage spaces of the theatre’s Southbank venues in 2021. In 2022, the Stage Newspaper named her as one of “25 to watch“.

Beside Fiennes’ many film credits, from Schindler’s List to M in the Bond franchise, he has a long and award-studded history of Shakespearian roles on the stage. He has worked extensively with the RSC, and his Hamlet for the Hackney Empire transferred to Broadway where it won him a Best Actor Tony in 1995.

He won Evening Standard Best Actor awards for his 2018 performance in Antony and Cleopatra, at the English National Theatre, and in 2016 for Richard III at the Almeida.

Simon Godwin, Indira Varma and Ralph Fiennes. Pic: Oliver Rosser

Speaking of the upcoming production and reuniting with Godwin, Fiennes said: “Simon’s visionary process is exceptionally collaborative. This will be my third time working with him – I’m truly excited.

Macbeth is a play that always carries relevance but with wars in Ukraine and Sudan – and murderous authoritarian regimes very present in the world the play seems particularly current. But Shakespeare’s examination of the minds of his protagonists – the intimate nature of this – is what gives the play its brilliant and terrifying focus.”

Indira Varma added: “I’’m thrilled to be heading back in to the rehearsal room with Ralph Fiennes and Simon Godwin exploring Macbeth and Lady M’s fraught relationship and the play’s themes of ambition and corruption which still feel chillingly poignant in our modern world.”

Godwin, who joined Shakespeare Theatre Company as artistic director in September 2019, says: “Macbeth is a remarkable portrait of a marriage and a terrifying account of the drift towards tyranny.

“The experience will be heightened by playing in different spaces across different cities before ending our journey – during a US election year – in America’s capital. I’m thrilled to be embarking on an international journey driven by Shakespeare’s capacity to urgently reflect our shared and volatile present.”

Macbeth will play seasons in Liverpool (24 November – 16 December 2023), Edinburgh (13 – 27 January 2024), London (11 February – 23 March 2024) and Washington, D.C. (2 – 28 April 2024).

For priority booking access and further information you can sign up at MacbethTheShow.com.
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