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UK News: Stephen Dillane's solo Macbeth, 10 perfs only


Stephen Dillane will perform his solo interpretation of Shakespeare's Macbeth at the Almeida for ten performances only from 26 October - 5 November (press night will be 28 October at 7pm).

Incorporating each individual character as if they are sliding in and out of Macbeth's conscience, this re-imagining of the play has been developed by Dillane and director Travis Preston with the support of the Sundance Theater Lab in LA. The production now receives its UK premiere at the Almeida.

Dillane is accompanied by three live musicians, Jeremy Drake, Harris Eisenstadt and Vinny Golia - the renowned experimental jazz composer who has written the score. Macbeth has set designs by Christopher Barreca, costume designs by Ellen McCartney and lighting by Benoit Beauchamp.

Award winning actor Stephen Dillane's acting credits include Tom Stoppard's trilogy The Coast of Utopia at The National Theatre; The Real Thing at the Donmar Warehouse (where he won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor), which subsequently transferred to the West End and Broadway (where he won a Tony Award for his performance); the title roles in Uncle Vanya directed by Katie Mitchell for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Hamlet directed by Peter Hall at the Gielgud Theatre.

His film work includes Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet, Michael Winterbottom's Welcome to Sarajevo, Stephen Daldry's The Hours and The Truth About Charlie directed by Jonathan Demme.

On television he was most recently seen as Karenin in Channel 4's Anna Karenina and Edward Cazalet in the BBC's The Cazalets. His other television work includes An Affair of the Mind, The Rector's Wife and An Affair of the Mind.

 Stephen Dillane's solo Macbeth is presented at the Almeida by the The Center for New Theatre at CalArts.


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