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by William Shakespeare

26 Nov 2015 - 23 Jan 2016

A Young Vic, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and HOME co-production
In association with Lucy Guerin Inc.

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"Bold and visceral… a luminously intelligent performance by John Heffernan"
Financial Times  

"A bold makeover - John Heffernan's macbeth speaks the verse with extraordinary intelligence"
The Independent  

"A fantastic ride, full of sound and fury – Heffernan is great"
Time Out 

"Stylish and daring"
Evening Standard  

"A viscerally exciting production - Anna Maxwell Martin is an alarmingly cool, svelte Lady Macbeth"
The Guardian

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

Following their acclaimed collaboration on Medea at the National Theatre, Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin create a new version of Shakespeare’s supernatural tragedy.

When the prophecy of three witches proclaims that Macbeth is destined to become King of Scotland, he and Lady Macbeth embark upon a murderous journey of treachery, paranoia, betrayal and suicide.

Beginning with Shakespeare’s text, powerful and unsettling choreography weaves its way throughout the story, until words falter and finally give way.

"Lucy Guerin's disturbing choreography is unforgettable."
The Independent on Medea 

“Carrie Cracknell's version is a tragic force to be reckoned with”
The Guardian on Medea

Take a look at the amazing audience response so far.


Monday - Saturday: 7.30pm

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday matinees: 2.30pm 
(on 29, 31 Dec, 2, 9 & 16, 23 Jan)

Running time: 2 hours, no interval 

Strobe lighting effects are used in this performance.


Tickets: £10, £19.50, £27.50, £35 
Previews: (26 Nov - 2 Dec) £10, £19.50

A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.

A note for teachers
At the Young Vic we offer a number of school group bookings for every performance rather than dedicated schools performances. Due to extraordinary demand, school group bookings are no longer available for Macbeth. For more information, please ring our Welcome Team on 02079222922.


Click here to find out more about the Young Vic's seating policy, and about what to expect when you arrive at the Young Vic.

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In the press

Carrie Cracknell, Lucy Guerin and members of the company talk to The Sunday Times about the process behind their unique take on Macbeth

'Classics are incredibly robust and muscular' - Carrie Cracknell on shaking up Shakespeare - The Times

'It's been incredibly exciting and daunting. I can honestly say I never thought I would be cast in this play' - John Heffernan on taking on one of Shakespeare's most iconic roles - What's On Stage

'We have to break down barriers of snobbishness in theatre' - Anna Maxwell Martin talks to The Telegraph

Anna Maxwell Martin to star as Lady Macbeth at London's Young Vic - The Guardian

Direction Carrie Cracknell & Lucy Guerin
Design Lizzie Clachan
Costume Merle Hensel
Light Neil Austin
Music Clark
Sound David McSeveney

Nicholas Burns
Mark Ebulué
John Heffernan
Thomasin Gülgeç
Ben Lamb
Ira Mandela Siobhan
Cassie Layton
Anna Maxwell Martin
Ana Beatriz Meireles
Jessie Oshodi
Prasanna Puwanarajah
Clemmie Sveaas

Access performances

Audio described performance
19 Dec 2.30pm

Captioned performance
7 Jan 7.30pm

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