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National Theatre's Macbeth UK and Ireland tour casting announced

Rufus Norris' version of the Shakespeare tragedy will tour from the end of September through to March 2019

Michael Nardone and Kirsty Besterman
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

The cast has been announced for the UK and Ireland tour of the National Theatre's production of Macbeth.

Michael Nardone (The Night Manager, King Lear) will play the lead role of Macbeth, with Kirsty Besterman (Genesis Inc, They Drink It In The Congo) as Lady Macbeth.

They will be joined by Joseph Brown (Malcolm), Elizabeth Chan (Witch), Nisa Cole (Fleance), Reuben Johnson (Doctor), Helen Katamba (Murderer), Tom Mannion (Duncan & Siward), Brad Morrison (Murderer), Hauk Pattison (Murderer), Evelyn Roberts (Witch / Boy), James Robinson (Lennox), Patrick Robinson (Banquo), Duncan Ross (Ensemble), Rachel Sanders (Ross), Olivia Sweeney (Witch / Gentlewoman), Deka Walmsley (Porter), Ross Waiton (Macduff), and Lisa Zahra (Lady Macduff).

The piece, which premiered at the National and originally starred Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff, will visit 18 venues from September to March, opening at the Lowry in Salford before going to Plymouth, Edinburgh, Norwich, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Sheffield, Bath, Oxford, Dublin, Nottingham, Hull, Canterbury, Glasgow, Southampton, Belfast, Wolverhampton and Cardiff.

Rae Smith designs the show, with costume design by Moritz Junge, lighting design by Paul Pyant, music by Orlando Gough and Marc Tritschler, sound design by Paul Arditti, tour movement direction by Cydney Uffindell-Phillips, with original movement direction by Imogen Knight.

The associate director is Liz Stevenson with associate set design by Aaron Marsden, associate tour lighting design by Ed Locke and associate sound design by Mike Winship. Fight direction is by Kev McCurdy, company voice by Jeannette Nelson and casting by Sam Stevenson.