National Theatre


26 Feb 2018 - 23 Jun 2018

Pro reviewers rating
15 reviews

2.1 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Sleep no more...

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.


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“Sparks don’t quite fly... Becomes more survival of the fittest.. but Norris doesn’t really follow the idea through.”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“Kinnear: great... His relationship with the equally remarkable Duff... as good as I have seen it... No sense of a tragic fall.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Neither of these fine fierce and always ferociously intelligent actors disappoints... the defiantly modern-dress production does”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“I yield to none in my admiration for Kinnear, yet here he is if anything surpassed by Duff... A supremely impassioned Macduff.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Often brutal... Not enough sense of the dense geography of Macbeth's inner life... Norris’s concept doesn’t hold together.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Intermittently engaging... Starts in the throes of some unspecified dystopian hellscape, and thus has nowhere to go.”

Marianka Swain (Broadway World, Arts Desk)

“Woeful Macbeth... Despite committed performances from Kinnear and Duff, neither are seen to their best advantage... A mish-mash.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Bleak. Dystopian. Violent... Bombastic and unrelenting. The actors give it their best...Kinnear and Duff are very good.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Grim, gory and sluggish post-apocalyptic staging of Shakespeare that squanders the potential of its cast.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Squeezes the play into a rigid concept and in the process sacrifices its tonal contrasts and mysterious poetry.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Drab, gory and tricksy... Kinnear plays Macbeth like a third Mitchell brother... Eyes and ears are disappointed equally.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Garbled take... The setup here is essentially meaningless... Talented leads Kinnear and Duff just seem to be in the wrong show.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Slasher production... slashed text... makes the drama blunter, more one-dimensional... Performances are flattened.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“A misjudged mess, a horror show in all the wrong ways, and a terrible waste of the acting talents of Kinnear and Duff.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Fine actors such as Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff are subjugated and enslaved by a grunge concept.”

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