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STAGE TUBE: Watch Patrick Stewart in MACBETH!

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Following a London West End run in December 2007, a sold-out limited engagement at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music in March 2008, and a subsequent eight-week run on Broadway, director Rupert Goold's gripping stage production of Macbeth was filmed for television at the end of 2009.The co-production between WNET.ORG and Illuminations Television, in association with the BBC, stars Sir Patrick Stewart in his triumphant, Tony-nominated performance as the ambitious general, and Tony-nominated Kate Fleetwood as his coldly scheming wife.

Click below to watch the full production as featured on PBS' 'Great Performances.'

The production, though retaining the Goold's exciting concept of relocating the bloody action to a nameless 20th-century militaristic society, has been rethought in vivid filmic terms. The movie, marking Goold's cinematic debut, will be presented on PBS as part of the Great Performances series Wednesday, October 6, at 9 p.m. (check local listings).

This is not your grandfather's "Macbeth." Shot in High-Definition at Welbeck Abbey in the U.K., Goold maintains the atmosphere and tone of the stage version, heightening the Shakespearean classic with an edgy style reminiscent of Illuminations' recent film adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Hamlet, which was also broadcast on PBS in April 2010 by THIRTEEN's Great Performances.

Among the actors recreating their roles for the film are Michael Feast (Macduff); Martin Turner (Banquo); Scott Handy (Malcolm); Paul Shelley (Duncan); Suzanne Burden (Lady Macduff); and Christopher Patrick Nolan (The Porter).

Visit Great Performances Online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information about this and other programs.

 

 

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