Stage Review

Macbeth (2008)

Patrick Stewart, Macbeth (2008) | MACBETH Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood
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MACBETH Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Opening Date: Feb 12, 2008; Lead Performance: Patrick Stewart; Writer: William Shakespeare; Director: Rupert Goold; Genre: Drama

Hotshot Brit director Rupert Goold boldly reconceives the Scottish play in the Soviet era with cinematic flourishes (a touch of Peter Greenaway here, a dab of Stanley Kubrick there). Macbeth's staging can be revelatory, as when Lady Macbeth (Kate Fleetwood) goes to wash her hands and the sink spouts blood. Or playing the banquet scene pre- and post-intermission, with and without Banquo's ghost. Goold's gambits don't all work (the witches' ''toil and trouble'' rap), and Patrick Stewart sometimes slips into histrionics in the title role. But in a memorable performance, he screws his courage to the sticking place. (718-636-4100) B+

Originally posted Feb 22, 2008 Published in issue #980 Feb 29, 2008 Order article reprints
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