Macbeth (2010 film)

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Written by William Shakespeare (original play)
Directed by Rupert Goold
Starring Patrick Stewart
Kate Fleetwood
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Mark Bell
David Horn
Producer(s) Sebastian Grant
John Wyver
Cinematography Sam McCurdy
Editor(s) Trevor Waite
Running time 160 minutes
Original network BBC Four
First shown in 2010

Macbeth is a 2010 television film based on William Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name. It was broadcast on BBC Four on 12 December 2010. It was directed by Rupert Goold from his stage adaptation for the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2007. Patrick Stewart is featured in the title role, with Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth. The film specifically evokes the atmosphere of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin, with subtle parallels between Stalin and Macbeth in their equally brutal quests for power. The Three Witches likewise receive an update in keeping with the 20th century aesthetics, appearing as hospital nurses. Their presence is pervasive throughout the film, punctuating the horror of Macbeth's murderous reign. The film was filmed entirely on location at Welbeck Abbey.


Principal cast:[1]


Patrick Stewart at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards

The film won a Peabody Award for 2010.[2] In addition, Patrick Stewart was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.


  1. ^ Radio Times 11–17 December 2010
  2. ^ COMPLETE LIST OF RECIPIENTS OF THE 70th ANNUAL PEABODY AWARDS Archived 1 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine. from

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