Something wicked this way comes. The National Theatre takes Macbeth on tour

The National Theatre will tour Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy, Macbeth, this autumn following a sell-out run on the Southbank.

This epic and visually daring production will embark on an 18-venue tour of the UK and Ireland, opening at The Lowry, Salford in October.

Sleep no more…The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are thrust towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Rufus Norris headshot

Directed by NT artistic director, Rufus Norris, (Cabaret, London Road), and designed by Rae Smith (War Horse, This House), this new production propels Shakespeare’s classic title into a post-apocalyptic world of anarchy and uncertainty.

Rufus Norris said: “I’m delighted that Macbeth will be touring the UK and Ireland following its run in the Olivier Theatre.

“We’re really excited by what is coming out of the rehearsal room and it’s particularly rewarding to be able to take this brilliant play to so many towns and cities.

“We fully intend to give audiences a fresh and dynamic view of this timeless classic.”

Casting to be announced.



The Lowry, Salford, 29 September – 6 October
Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 16 – 20 October
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 23 – 27 October
Theatre Royal, Norwich, 30 October – 3 November
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 7 – 10 November
Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 13 – 17 November
Lyceum, Sheffield, 20 – 24 November
Theatre Royal, Bath, 27 November – 8 December.


New Theatre, Oxford, 8 – 12 January
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, 15 – 19 January
Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 22 – 26 January
New Theatre, Hull, 5 – 9 February
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 12 – 16 February
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 19 – 23 February
Mayflower, Southampton, 26 February – 2 March
Grand Opera House, Belfast, 5 – 9 March
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, 12 – 16 March
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 19 – 23 March

Trailer with London cast of Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff as the Macbeths.

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