Stars of stage and screen to perform at Stratford

Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack will take the leading roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Macbeth in Stratford-upon-Avon (March 13-September 22).

Eccleston makes his RSC debut in the title role of the king in a “contemporary psychological thriller”.

His recent work includes the television series Safe House and The A Word, and Antigone at the National Theatre in 2012.

He is joined by Niamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth. Her recent theatre work includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time at the National Theatre/West End, and The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Macbeth will also be broadcast live from Stratford-upon-Avon to UK cinemas on April 11, 2018, with international and encore screenings dates to follow.

Other RSC summer productions include Romeo and Juliet (April 21-September 22); a short revival of King Lear with Antony Sher in the lead role (May 23-June 9); and The Merry Wives of Windsor, starring David Troughton as Falstaff (August 4-September 20).

Further cultural highlights in the town next year include the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival (April 22-29); Stratford Festival of Motoring (May 6-7); Stratford River Festival (June 30-July 1); and Stratford Food Festival (September 22-23).

Photograph by Paul Stuart (c) RSC.