Macbeth showing his blooded hands


William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's tragedy of greed, ambition, and lust for power.

  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre


    Until 18 Sep 2018

  • Barbican


    15 Oct 2018 - 18 Jan 2019

  • In Cinemas

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 13 mins + 20 mins interval

Next performance:

22 August, 7:15PM

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Past productions

Our productions of Macbeth over the years have included many famous actors playing the title role and Lady Macbeth: Ralph Richardson and Margaret Leighton in 1952; Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in 1955; Paul Scofield and Vivien Merchant in 1967; Nicol Williamson and Helen Mirren in 1974; Ian McKellen and Judi Dench in 1976; Bob Peck and Sara Kestleman in 1982; Jonathan Pryce and Sinéad Cusack in 1986; Derek Jacobi and Cheryl Campbell in 1993; Antony Sher and Harriet Walter in 1999; and Greg Hicks and Sian Thomas in 2004.

Here you can find out more about some of our key past productions, giving you an insight into how they were staged and the directorial choices that were made.