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Sir Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters) and Academy Award winner Dame Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love) shared the stage in 1976 in Stratford-Upon-Avon's intimate "The Other Place" theatre. Here, in this smallest of Royal Shakespeare Company spaces, one of the finest theatrical directors of our time, Trevor Nunn (1996: Twelfth Night: Or What You Will) created a definitive production of Macbeth. An unforgettable experience for those who witnessed it, now this lost theatrical treasure is available for the first time on video, perfectly captured in all its murderous magnificence.
In this compelling production, McKellen and Dench are joined by an outstanding cast of Royal Shakespeare Company members that include Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, Bob Peck (Jurassic Park), Roger Rees (A Midsummer Night's Dream), and John Woodvine (Persuasion).
The director, Trevor Nunn, was the youngest ever Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which he ran until 1986. He has received the Tony Award for Best Director of a play or musical for his acclaimed production of Nicholas Nickleby, Cats, and Les Miserables. From the Three Witches until "Birnam Wood do come to Dunisane", this outstanding production of Macbeth commands attention from bloody opening to bloody finish.
A great version of the play for study. The stark set style is less distracting for students. And, come on, Ian McKellen and Dame Judy Dench?Published 7 months ago by Bendition
This is a fabulous staging of "the Scottish play." All the cast members are the original actors who performed Macbeth in a tiny London theatre. What an ensemble of terrific actors!Published on July 14 2010 by Maxisback
This version of Macbeth, which is a triumph I must add, made me very pleased to watch it. And although there is no real set, but a circle surrounded by rocks, this film was very... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by Amazon Customer
Without question, this version of Macbeth featuring two of the finest actors to speak dialogue is one of the most compelling, chillingly stark renderings of the bard's bloody drama... Read morePublished on July 21 2003 by Scott Richburg
I purchased this tape after it was featured in an interview with Ian McKellen on Inside the Actor's Studio and I decided I had to have it for my collection. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2002 by Sandra Robertson
Staged for a very small theater in 1976, director Trevor Nunn gives us an exceptionally bleak production in shades of black, grey, sepia, and the occasional red of spilled... Read morePublished on April 12 2002 by Alejandra Vernon
Not everyone will appreciate this version of Shakespeare's play about "vaulting ambition that o'erleaps itself." Many people will find watching it very trying. Read morePublished on April 7 2002 by Kevin L. Nenstiel
I didn't like the idea that there were no props. No stage sets. No real lighting effects to speak of. No good costume work. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2001 by dawntreader