NEWS: Ralph Fiennes & Indira Varma to Star in Macbeth

The production will visit: 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).

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Wessex Grove and Underbelly, in association with Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C. have announced that Tony and BAFTA Award-winning Ralph Fiennes will star as Macbeth and Olivier Award-winning Indira Varma will star as Lady Macbeth in a brand new production of William Shakespeare’s tragedy.

Further casting has yet to be announced.

Directed by Simon Godwin, this production will be staged in four site-specific warehouses in four cities. Tickets  for the UK dates will go on sale in June while, tickets for The Washington, D.C. season are on sale now as part of a six-play subscription to Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 23/24 Season.

Ralph Fiennes said today “Ever since we collaborated on Man and Superman I’ve longed to work with Indira Varma and Simon Godwin again. Simon brought us together then and he’s reuniting us for Macbeth. 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.”

The production will feature set design by Frankie Bradshaw and an adaptation by Emily Burns, with further creative team yet to be announced.

Director Simon Godwin said today “I’m thrilled to be reuniting with Ralph and Indira after our acclaimed Man and Superman at the NT. 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.” 

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