The Macbeths is an intimate and intense re-imagining of the Scottish play.
Returning from battle, Macbeth hears a prophesy emboldening him to murder and betray. Compelled by his equally ruthless wife, Macbeth ignores his creeping sense of guilt and hopelessness and attempts to hasten the hand of fate, unwittingly ushering in the downfall of them both.
Dominic Hill’s brutal and intense production tells the Bard’s famous story in a powerfully distilled form. Set entirely on and around the couple’s bed, it explores the destructive relationship at the heart of the story.
First performed in our Circle Studio in 2017 to great acclaim, we’ve collaborated with Urbancroft Films, adapting the show for online audiences to experience at home. Reuniting the original cast (Charlene Boyd and Keith Fleming), the hour-long film captures the feverish energy of the stage performance.
Join us online as we return to the dark, sleepless world of The Macbeths. The film is free to watch online until midnight on Wednesday 30 June.
Cast & Creative Team
Adapted from the play by William Shakespeare
Directed by Dominic Hill and Martyn Robertson
Original stage production directed by Dominic Hill
Filmed by Urbancroft Films
Produced by Citizens Theatre
Director Dominic Hill
Director Martyn Robertson
Lighting Designer Stuart Jenkins
Dramaturg Frances Poet
Composer Matthew Whiteside
Assistant Director Joanna Bowman
" for those who like their Shakespeare brilliant, concentrated, and brief, this version of The Macbeths offers a rare and thrilling treat"
- The Scotsman on The Macbeths Film
"a dark and demonic triumph of theatre in the Covid era"
- The National on The Macbeths Film
“Charlene Boyd and Keith Fleming as the deadly lovers bring a frankly terrifying erotic charge.”
- Stagedoor on The Macbeths Film
”...a sweaty, erotic and breathlessly self-destructive re-imagining”
- The Herald on The Macbeths 2017
”...a rich evening of theatre for anyone who loves Macbeth, and also loves to see it reborn, in ever more challenging forms.”
- The Scotsman on The Macbeths 2017