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1st Night Photos: Patrick Stewart's Macbeth Triumph

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Chichester Festival’s sell-out production of Macbeth, starring Patrick Stewart (pictured) in the title role, transferred triumphantly last night (26 September 2007, previews from 24 September) to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre, where it runs for ten weeks only to 1 December and is already being hailed by the Evening Standard as the “Macbeth of a lifetime” (See Also Today's Review Round-up).

Macbeth marks the third Bard turn in the West End this year for Patrick Stewart. Just prior to Chichester this summer, where he also appeared in Twelfth Night, he was at the Novello from January through to March in the Royal Shakespeare Company transfers of Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest (See News, 25 Aug 2006). The latter was directed by Headlong artistic director Rupert Goold, who has also directed Macbeth.

The director’s wife Kate Fleetwood plays Lady Macbeth in a cast that also includes Michael Feast (Macduff), Martin Turner (Banquo), Paul Shelley (Duncan), Scott Handy (Malcolm), Ben Carpenter, Mark Rawlings, Tim Treloar (Ross), Bill Nash, Christopher Knott, Christopher Nolan, Hywel John, Suzanne Burden (Lady Macduff) and Polly Frame, Niamh McGrady, Sophie Hunter as the Witches.

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For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for the Macbeth curtain call and post-show party at Gielgud Theatre along with the company and other first night guests including Matthew Warchus, Brian Conley and Robin Askwith.

Prior to London, Goold’s production of the “Scottish play” run from on 1 June 2007 (previews from 25 May) to 1 September at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre. It’s presented in the West End Duncan C Weldon and Paul Elliott for Triumph Entertainment Ltd.

- by Terri Paddock


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