WILLIAMSTOWN -- Kenneth Branagh stars in "Macbeth," airing live at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. The production is part of the Clark’s ongoing series of live transmissions from London’s National Theatre Live.
Written in the early 1600s, "Macbeth" remains one of Shakespeare’s most enduring and powerful tragedies. It tells the story of a Scottish general who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that he will become King of Scotland. Fueled by greed and a lust for power, Macbeth murders King Duncan and ascends to the throne. Haunted by guilt and paranoia, he soon becomes a murderous tyrant as civil war ensues. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (played by Alex Kingston) are quickly drawn into a world of insanity, narcissism and treachery.
Directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford, this electrifying new production is set in Manchester within the intimate walls of a deconsecrated church.
The production is very much a movie-style presentation, making it appealing to broad audiences - including those who have never experienced Shakespeare. Approximate running time is 120 minutes.
Due to the construction activity and limited parking at the Clark, visitors should plan to arrive 20 minutes before the performance.
The Clark is located at 225 South St. Stone Hill Center galleries are open, and gallery admission is free.
Tickets to "Macbeth" are $18 ($15 for members).
For tickets or more information: clarkart.edu or