Lady Bird and Little Women star Saoirse Ronan makes her UK debut as Lady Macbeth alongside James McArdle as the would-be king in Yael Farber’s reimagining of Shakespeare's tragedy. Apparently, Ronan and McArdle have been channelling real life power couple Kim and Kayne, but this is likely to be a particularly dark take on a play of witchcraft, dark desires and over-reaching ambition and one that interrogates the nature of power and the darkness that lurks inside us all. Farber’s take on The Crucible at the Old Vic a few years back was incisive, revealing and spooky, and so hopes are high that this will be murderously good.
“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.” A little later than now, in the ruins of a theatre, three witches make a prophecy. A warrior and his wife enter the darkness. A war begins. Yaël Farber directs James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan, in an elemental production about a world in transformation, the shadows in all of us, and one couple’s spine-chilling quest for power. Olivier Award-nominee James McArdle plays the title role of Macbeth. His highly acclaimed theatre roles include Louis in the National Theatre and Broadway production of Angels in America, Peter Gynt, Platonov and James I in The James Plays (National Theatre). His screen work includes HBO’s Mare of Easttown, Ammonite, Mary Queen of Scots and Man in an Orange Shirt. Four-time Academy Award-nominated Saoirse Ronan makes her UK stage debut as Lady Macbeth. She made her Broadway debut as Abigail Williams in The Crucible on Broadway in 2016 to glowing reviews and has been celebrated throughout her career for her performances in films including Atonement, Lady Bird, Brooklyn, and Little Women. Yaël Farber is an internationally acclaimed director and playwright, whose recent work includes Hamlet (St Ann’s Warehouse, New York); Blood Wedding (Young Vic), Knives in Hens (Donmar Warehouse) and Les Blancs (National Theatre).