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Apr 29,2013

‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Hothouse’ Press Conference

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On Friday, April 19, 2013, the cast of the plays ‘Macbeth‘ – now finished its run – and ‘The Hothouse‘ – opening May 4 – attended a press conference held at the ‘Macbeth‘ set at Trafalgar Studios to mark the changeover in Jamie Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed season of plays. Actors present included James McAvoy, Claire Foy, Simon Russell Beale, John Simm and Harry Melling.

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- Events in 2013: ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Hothouse’ Press Conference
- Interviews/News Segments: Trafalgar Studios | Macbeth | Press Conference

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- Events: Press Conferences



Mar 29,2013

Meet the Macbeths (James McAvoy & Claire Foy)

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from ATG’s Magazine / by Imogen Sarre & Jasper Rees

Roughly how old are the Macbeths?

We know they have had at least one child, presumed dead, but beyond that Shakespeare offers no further clue. Such is the trajectory of their moral degradation that audiences, and indeed casting directors, tend not to think of the Thane of Glamis and his wife as still having the bloom of youth on their cheeks. Thus the lead role can happily be taken on by someone in his 60s, as happened with Patrick Stewart when the play was most recently revived in the West End.

But now the Hollywood star James McAvoy brings the zip and springiness of someone known mainly for playing callow young men in the likes of The Last King of Scotland, Atonement and The Last Station. He turns 34 during his run in the role at the Trafalgar Studios, and the latest King of Scotland is joined in matrimony to Claire Foy, who turns 29 in April but looks young enough to have twice played teenagers in 2012: at the Royal Court in Mike Bartlett’s Love Love Love and in the BBC drama White Heat.
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Mar 09,2013

Video from ‘Macbeth’ Opening Night

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I added screencaptures and a video from ‘Macbeth‘s Opening Night back in February. Also check out the updated sidebar and the special project page for ‘Macbeth‘.

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- Interviews/News Segments: Trafalgar Studios | Macbeth | Opening Night

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- Events: Premieres



Mar 08,2013

Interview on BBC Radio 4′s Front Row

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Listen to the interview with Claire Foy on Front Row, first aired on February 26 on BBC Radio 4, in which she reflects on the challenges of bringing something new to the role of Lady Macbeth.

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- Audio Clips > Interviews



Feb 26,2013

New ‘Macbeth’ Promotion Shot

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- Stage > Macbeth by William Shakespeare – Promotion



Feb 26,2013

Opening night of ‘Macbeth’ and After Party on Press Night

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Claire Foy (Lady Macbeth) and James McAvoy (Macbeth) attended the after party on press night for Macbeth at One Whitehall Place, London, England on 22nd February 2013.

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- Events in 2013 > Opening night of ‘Macbeth’ held at the Trafalgar Studios – Departures
- Events in 2013 > After Party on Press Night for ‘Macbeth’, thanks to Nicole



Feb 24,2013

Trafalgar Studios Production Of ‘Macbeth’ – Photocall (Pt. 2)

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James McAvoy and Claire Foy posed for a photocall launching the Trafalgar Studios season with ‘Macbeth‘ on February 21, 2013 in London, England.

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- Events in 2013 > Trafalgar Studios Production Of ‘Macbeth’ – Photocall, thanks to Nicole



Feb 23,2013

After Party on Press Night for ‘Macbeth’

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Claire Foy (Lady Macbeth) and James McAvoy (Macbeth) attended the after party on press night for Macbeth at One Whitehall Place, London, England on 22nd February 2013.

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- Stage > Macbeth by William Shakespeare – Performances
- Events > After Party on Press Night for ‘Macbeth’



Feb 23,2013

James McAvoy thrills in ‘boyish but brutal’ Macbeth with Claire Foy

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By Claire Allfree
4 out of 5 stars

Macbeth is an apocalyptic play – a drama in which the unnatural actions of one man appear to overthrow the usual order of everything around him. The night Macbeth murders King Duncan and sets in motion his bloody ascent to the throne, Duncan’s horses go mad and start eating each other.

Jamie Lloyd’s brutal production, set in a post independent Scotland that is unlikely to do much for Alex Salmond’s campaign, evokes that sense of desperate, dystopian chaos right from the start.

Scotland is ravaged, torn apart by in-fighting, social breakdown and climate change – the witches wear gas masks. No one seems to have washed for months.

A feral, violent charge hangs in the air. Nearly every scene takes place in what looks like a makeshift bunker. The audience, pressed forward against the stage in this reconfigured auditorium with several rows of seats on the stage itself, is forced right inside this cannibalised, paranoid landscape. You can almost smell the blood. Read the rest of this entry »



Feb 23,2013

James McAvoy’s new Macbeth, set in war-torn Scotland, wins praise from the stars

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Stars of stage, screen and politics have praised a new “bloody” and “intense” West End version of Macbeth.

James McAvoy, who has appeared in hit films X Men and The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, stars as the lead role in the modern take of one of Shakespeare’s darkest plays which opened last night.

Claire Foy, perhaps best known for her role in Little Dorrit, acts alongside him as Lady Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s most famous female characters.

Former spin doctor Alastair Campbell and actors Rafe Spall, Toby Jones and Jason Flemyng were among guests at the Trafalgar Studios on London’s Whitehall.

The performance was met with a standing ovation, with McAvoy’s proud wife, Anne-Marie Duff, the first to rise to her feet, swiftly followed by the rest of the audience.

The play is director Jamie Lloyd’s first in a season called Trafalgar Transformed.

He said they would be “a season of politically-charged power plays on the doorstep of Whitehall”, accompanied by workshops and masterclasses aimed at school groups. Read the rest of this entry »



Feb 23,2013

James McAvoy in Macbeth, Trafalgar Studios, review

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Jamie Lloyd productions of Macbeth, starring James McAvoy, packs a powerful punch says Charles Spencer.
4 out of 5 stars

The main house of Trafalgar Studios has been reconfigured for a season of plays directed by the fast-rising director Jamie Lloyd which will examine power and politics – appropriately enough for a theatre located in Whitehall.

The stage has been raised by more than two metres, and extended out into the auditorium, bringing spectators closer to the action, and there are 70 additional seats on the stage itself. It all makes for a powerful theatrical impact in this most scary and claustrophobic of Shakespeare’s tragedies.

Macbeth often reads better than it plays. Shakespeare’s thrilling poetry of violence, darkness and fear can seem more potent in the mind’s eye than when it is visibly enacted on stage.

But there is no doubt that Lloyd’s production, set in a post-apocalyptic Scotland which has been laid waste by war and climate change, packs a powerful punch. The cast are dressed in bedraggled clothes that look like rejects from the Oxfam shop, while the Macbeths’ castle, with an on stage lavatory into which Macbeth pukes violently before killing Duncan, is more squalid that a student flat during the Edinburgh Fringe.

My chief grouse is that, with a running time of three hours, the production sometimes misses the hurtling momentum of Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy. Read the rest of this entry »



Feb 23,2013

Opening night of ‘Macbeth’ – Departures

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- Events in 2013 > Opening night of ‘Macbeth’ held at the Trafalgar Studios – Departures, thanks to Nicole



Feb 22,2013

Macbeth by William Shakespeare – Performances

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- Stage > Macbeth by William Shakespeare – Performances



Feb 22,2013

Playing Macbeth is my toughest role yet, says action hero James McAvoy

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by Louise Jury

He starred in the action movie Wanted opposite Angelina Jolie, played a telepathic superhero in X-Men: First Class and won the heart of Keira Knightley in Atonement.

But as he prepares to face theatre critics tonight, James McAvoy said playing Macbeth was tearing him apart.

“It’s like being mentally ill and being beaten up a lot. This is undoubtedly the hardest part I’ve ever played,” said McAvoy, 33, of the production in which he is constantly running, fighting and proving himself the bloodied virile soldier.

“I always wanted it to be a physical production because it’s a play that talks about killing people and killing people with your hands. It just so happened that the director Jamie Lloyd seemed to want to go for that with gusto. But be careful what you wish for. Now I’m falling to pieces.”

Lloyd’s version is set in a post-apocalyptic world of environmental disaster half a century in the future, with a dark atmosphere of godless superstition. McAvoy and Claire Foy, 28, who plays Lady Macbeth, are much younger than many of the actors who have tackled the roles — including Ian McKellen, Judi Dench and Patrick Stewart — and McAvoy said their youth “just increases the tragedy of the situation”.

Shakespeare suggests that Lady Macbeth has recently lost a baby and McAvoy sees the notion of “a big hole in their lives” as the fire that drives the drama. “The tragedy of their childlessness is really relevant. They’re at an age where they should have been making babies,” he said. Foy, who starred in Upstairs Downstairs, said: “I think it does add to the vibrancy of the production that we’re younger. He’s a brave warrior. I’m supposed to be a fertile young woman. But we end up throwing our entire lives away.”

The play is the first by Trafalgar Transformed, a partnership between director Lloyd and theatre owner Howard Panter. It runs at the Trafalgar Studios until April 27. Day seats cost £10. www.macbethwestend.com

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Feb 22,2013

Trafalgar Studios Production Of ‘Macbeth’ – Photocall

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James McAvoy and Claire Foy posed for a photocall launching the Trafalgar Studios season with ‘Macbeth‘ on February 21, 2013 in London, England.

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- Events in 2013 > Trafalgar Studios Production Of ‘Macbeth’ – Photocall, thanks to Nicole





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