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The Tragedy of Macbeth

Joel Coen

Please note the following screenings will be captioned for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences: Fri 7 January 13:30, Sun 9 January 18:30, and Sat 15 January 20:30

Shakespeare’s iconic and much-adapted text, The Scottish Play gets a bold and inventive reworking in Joel Coen’s first solo outing as a director. This is a stunning production, conjuring a beguiling nether world between theatre and cinema. Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel’s silvery monochrome images, captured in 4:3, are embellished by the moody, near-expressionistic sets by designer Stefan Dechant. Long-term Coens collaborator Carter Burwell surpasses his usual heady brilliance with a score that balances dramatic heft with pure emotion and builds to a spellbinding crescendo.

“one for our times, a frightening depiction of amoral political power-grabbing”

Denzel Washington is the man who would be king, and an effortlessly Machiavellian Frances McDormand is his Lady, a couple driven to political assassination – and deranged by guilt – after the cunning predictions of the Witches (the legendary Kathryn Hunter). Though it echoes the forbidding visual designs – and aspect ratios – of Laurence Olivier’s classic 1940s Shakespeare adaptations, as well as the bloody medieval madness of Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, Coen’s tale of sound and fury, is entirely his own – and absolutely one for our times, a frightening depiction of amoral political power-grabbing that, like its hero, ruthlessly barrels ahead into the inferno.

The Tragedy of Macbeth is the perfect celebration of an art form built on ancient traditions of storytelling and performance but also possesses such magical powers to capture the intimate alongside awe-inspiring scale and spectacle.

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From Mon 27 December, our screens will respect current 1m social distancing guidelines with all seats arranged into distanced groups, or ‘bubbles’.

Please select a single seat ‘bubble’ if you require one seat, select a two seat ‘bubble’ if you require two seats, and so on. Each bubble may only be occupied by a maximum of three households visiting together. 

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