Double, double toil and trouble

At the opening of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, the witches deliver the prophecy that Macbeth will one day become King of Scotland. But is the prophecy a glimpse into a fixed future or permission for the ruthless pursuit of secret ambition?

First performed in 1606, Shakespeare’s tale of bloodshed, paranoia and the thirst for power remains one of the incomparable playwright’s most popular plays. Over the years, many great stage and screen actors have given career-defining performances in the lead roles – from Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in 1955 to Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in 2015.

This year, as the winter draws in, audiences will have the chance to witness the bard’s harrowing tale in the flickering candlelight of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – the atmospheric indoor theatre space at Shakespeare’s Globe. This production runs as part of the Globe’s Ambitious Fiends festival, exploring responses to the themes of power and corruption.

Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.

Macbeth, Act I Scene IV

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07 November 2018 - 02 February 2019


Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
21 New Globe Walk