The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced their 2018 summer season and there is a lovely surprise. Christopher Eccleston will be making his RSC debut in the title role of Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
The play will run from 13th March through 22nd of September 2018 on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage in Stratford-upon-Avon. In addition, there will be a live broadcast of the play on the 11 April 2018 to UK cinema screens. The filming will be re-broadcast in Encore screenings both nationally and internationally at dates to follow.
Starring in the role of the Lady Macbeth with be Niamh Cusack. She last appeared on the RSC stage in 1996 as Rosalind in Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like it and has recently appeared in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time at the National Theatre/West End, and The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare’s Globe.The play will be directed by Polly Findlay who also directed RSC’s The Alchemist in 2016.
Christopher Eccleston, known for his television work in The A-Word, Safe House Heroes and Doctor Who, last appeared on stage in 2012 at the National Theatre in Antigone. According to Gregory Doran, the RSC’s Artistic Director, the actor has been keen to play the role of Macbeth for many years. In What’s on Stage article, Doran stated “Christopher Eccleston rang and said ‘I know you’re going through all the plays in the canon when you get to Macbeth can I play him please?’
Tickets will go on sale on the RSC website, rsc.org.uk in September for RSC Advisory Council, Artists Circle and Gold Patrons with public booking in October. Details on specific dates are shown below
- RSC Advisory Council, Artists Circle, and Gold Patrons – Monday 25 September
- RSC Silver Patrons – Tuesday 26 September
- RSC Bronze Patrons – Thursday 27 September
- RSC Members – Monday 2 October
- RSC Subscribers – Monday 16 October
- PUBLIC BOOKING – Monday 23 October