Kenneth Branagh Makes New York Stage Debut in Macbeth

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

'Macbeth and Banquo Meeting the Witches on the Heath' by Théodore Chassériau. 'Macbeth and Banquo Meeting the Witches on the Heath' by Théodore Chassériau. (Wikipedia Commons)

If the witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth need a lot of space to cook up their double helping of toil and trouble, they've got it at the Park Avenue Armory. That’s where the latest New York staging of Macbeth is being presented. The lavish and action-packed production is a joint effort between the Armory and the Manchester International Festival. It is also the New York stage debut of acclaimed actor and director Kenneth Branagh, who takes the title role (he is co-director here, with Rob Ashford).

So, with plenty of room for not only prophesying witches but battles, murder and intrigue, how does this Shakespeare production come off? We have a report from New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood.

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