Julian Glover and Mark Bazeley will join this autumn's Edward Hall's much-anticipated production of Macbeth, starring Sean Bean in the title role and Samantha Bond as Lady Macbeth (See News, 5 Jul 02). The production opens at the West End's Albery Theatre on 14 November 2002 (previews from 7 November) following regional dates at Milton Keynes (16 to 26 October) and Richmond (28 October to 2 November).

Classical stage veteran Glover, who plays Duncan, has a vast number of West End credits to his name, including, more recently, King Lear (Shakespeare's Globe), Phedre, Britannicus (Almeida at the Albery), Waiting for Godot (Piccadilly), An Inspector Calls (National) and, for the RSC, Coriolanus and Henry VI Parts I, II and III.

Bazeley, who plays MacDuff, was seen earlier this summer in Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul at the Young Vic. His other stage credits include Antarctica (Savoy), The Real Thing (Donmar Warehouse) and Richard III, Julius Caesar and The Devil Is an Ass for the RSC.

The four are joined in the cast by Barnaby Kay (A Winter's Tale, Closer, Mouth to Mouth) as well as Nicholas Asbury, David Beames, Finn Caldwell, Edward Clayton, Jayne McKenna, Alexandra Moen, Edmund Moriarty, Christopher Obi, Christian Patterson, Ian Pirie, Adrian Schiller, Claire Swinburne and Tam Williams.

Macbeth marks British film star Sean Bean's first stage appearance in 12 years, and the third major West End production this year for director Edward Hall, son of Peter. Hall the Younger's revival of Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife continues at the Lyric Theatre until 12 October after its initial limited season at the Apollo, and his Rose Rage, a two-part adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy, ran to rave reviews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket over the summer.

The production is designed by Michael Pavelka, with lighting by Ben Ormerod, sound by Matt McKenzie, fight direction by Terry King and movement by Ian Spink. Its limited season will continue until 1 February 2003.

- by Terri Paddock