Macbeth

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Overview

This 1976 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth was originally broadcast on Thames Television in 1978. The company's artistic director Trevor Dunn directs the cast on a small bare stage with mostly black costumes and minimal props. After the witches (Susan Dury, Judith Harte, Marie Kean) announce the prophecy that Macbeth (Ian McKellen) will be the next king, the elderly King Duncan (Griffith Jones) proclaims that his son, Malcolm (Roger Rees), will be heir to the throne. Lady Macbeth (Judi Dench) ...
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Overview

This 1976 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth was originally broadcast on Thames Television in 1978. The company's artistic director Trevor Dunn directs the cast on a small bare stage with mostly black costumes and minimal props. After the witches (Susan Dury, Judith Harte, Marie Kean) announce the prophecy that Macbeth (Ian McKellen) will be the next king, the elderly King Duncan (Griffith Jones) proclaims that his son, Malcolm (Roger Rees), will be heir to the throne. Lady Macbeth (Judi Dench) learns about the witches' prophecy in a letter, prompting he to ask the gods to remove her femininity so she can make her weak husband kill the king. When Duncan comes to visit Macbeth's castle, he is murdered in his sleep. Macbeth kills the guards, claiming they were the murderers. In fear of their own lives, Duncan's sons flee the country and Macbeth is crowned King of Scotland. Riddled with guilt, Macbeth goes mad and sees horrible visions while the witches announce the prophecy of his downfall. Also starring John Woodvine as Banquo, Ian McDiarmid as the porter, and Bob Peck as Macduff.
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Special Features

Introduction to Macbeth with Ian McKellen; The Scottish Play: an explanation with Ian McKellen; Timeline of William Shakespeare's life & plays; Biography and filmography of Ian McKellen; Biography and filmography of Dame Judi Dench; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • UPC: 733961714241
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,071

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ian McKellen Macbeth
Judi Dench Lady Macbeth
Susan Dury
Judith Harte
Griffith Jones Duncan
Marie Kean
Ian McDiarmid The porter
Bob Peck Macduff
Roger Rees Malcolm
John Woodvine Banquo
Technical Credits
Philip Casson Director
Trevor Nunn Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Desert Place [9:10]
2. Forres [10:44]
3. Inverness [13:15]
4. Macbeth's Castle [12:07]
5. The Surrounding [10:49]
6. The Palace [2:13]
7. Palace Hall [14:27]
8. Cavern & Cauldron [13:20]
9. Dunsinane [5:57]
10. Birnam Wood [12:04]
11. Usurper's Field [22:51]
12. Credits [16:44]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Program
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Introduction to Macbeth With Ian McKellen
      The Scottish Play: An Explanation With Ian McKellen
      Timeline of William Shakespeare's Life and Plays
      Biography and Filmography of Ian McKellen
      Biography and Filmography of Dame Judi Dench
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Shakespeare at its best

    I thoroughly enjoyed the acting of Sir Ian McKellen and Judi Dench. These are two Oscar worthy performances that can enthrall a long-time Shakespeare lover to a casual movie goer. I recommend this play to anyone who enjoys pure acting and who doesn't mind a minimalist set.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Too Dark in Dunsinane

    Though acknowledging a director's right to stage a play as he or she sees fit, to me this version of Macbeth was too dark, too limiting, too "original." It was the first Shakespeare rendition I didn't watch to the end, Judi Dench's great performance notwithstanding.

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    Posted September 8, 2010

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