Skip to comments.Macbeth (Updated film of Shakespeare play with Patrick Stewart on PBS Great Performances, October 6)
Posted on 09/27/2010 11:40:01 AM PDT by EveningStar
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 Goolds 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.
The production, though retaining the Goolds exciting concept of relocating the bloody action to a nameless 20th-century militaristic society, has been rethought in vivid filmic terms. The movie, marking Goolds cinematic debut, will be presented on PBS as part of the Great Performances series Wednesday, October 6, at 9 p.m.
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“Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Nay, it is but a phaser... set to stun.” Macbeth Quote (Act II, Scene I).
“Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Set course for sector 0,0,1; warp 9... Engage.” Macbeth Quote (Act V, Scene V).
The quality of mercy is not strained; it droppeth as the gentle rain from Heaven upon the place beneath. There it is twice blessed; it blesseth he who gives and he who takes.
That’s a Barney Fife quote!
Saw an “updated” version at the Guthrie in Minneapolis. It loses something when Birnam Wood doth come to Dunsinane via Humvee.
Oh well, one's as good as another, I suppose....
LOL! You’re good! :)
‘They met me in the day of success: and I have
learned by the perfectest report, they have more in
them than mortal knowledge.´ —Lady Macbeth
Anyobdy see the report a few years ago where Stewart gets POd at Star Trek: TNG fans who appear at his stage performances. From what I read, he has a right to be.
The 1995 version of Richard III, updated to a stylishly fascist England of about World War I, worked rather well.
However, what I am looking forward to is a blend of Shakespeare and science fiction, to give it an extra grandiose look.
“as” = “has” GAH!
The idea that Forbidden Planet was loosely based on The Tempest is a real stretch, no matter what they say.
Compare it with Sir John Gielgud’s “Prospero’s Books”, which turned The Tempest into a beautiful work of art, the screen filled with actors playing invisible spirits, doing their enigmatic spirit things, that only Prospero could see. Each scene was like a magnificent, and dynamic, oil painting of a festival of people.
I agree. Ian McKellen and the rest of the cast were fine and the sets were imaginative.
Having read a synopsis of The Tempest, I agree.
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