Macbeth (1979 film)

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Written byWilliam Shakespeare (original play)
Trevor Nunn (adaptation for television)
Directed byPhilip Casson
StarringIan McKellen
Judi Dench
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Verity Lambert
Producer(s)Trevor Nunn
Running time145 min
Production company(s)Thames Television
Original networkITV
First shown in4 January 1979

Macbeth is a 1979 videotaped version of Trevor Nunn's Royal Shakespeare Company production of the play by William Shakespeare. Produced by Thames Television, it features Ian McKellen as Macbeth and Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth. The TV version was directed by Philip Casson.

The original stage production was performed at The Other Place, the RSC's small studio theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. It had been performed in the round before small audiences, with a bare stage and simple costuming. The recording preserves this style: the actors perform on a circular set and with a mostly black background; changes of setting are indicated only by lighting changes.


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