James McAvoy stars in one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies this year as the political Trafalgar Transformed season begins. Macbeth will see the Scottish actor step into the Shakespearean arena under the direction of Jamie Lloyd and in doing so it is likely to be one of the most-talked about London theatre shows of early 2013.
After all, the powerfully dark Shakespearean classic, which has been in the hearts of audiences for over four centuries since it was penned in 1606, has become an intrinsic part of popular culture – famously going by the name The Scottish Play to counteract its supposed curse.
The plot famously focuses on Macbeth, a general who is told he will become king by three witches, leading to his murder of King Duncan to take his place on the throne. As he opts for evil in a bid for power we witness his dissent into murder and war as it becomes necessary to continue the bloodshed to save the status quo, leading to his status as a tyrannical ruler.
McAvoy, in stepping into the show, follows in the footsteps of a wide range of performers that have taken on the role, continuing the show’s reputation as one of the country’s most famous plays.
It is also the latest part in a successful career for the young actor, who has made a name for himself in both British and Hollywood movies, whilst also taking the time to step into west end shows from time to time. He was previously seen in the capital in Three Days Of Rain at the Apollo Theatre in 2009 and Breathing Corpses at the Royal Court Theatre in 2005, following up various other stage appearances early in his career. His most recognisable screen roles have been in movies like The Last King Of Scotland, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Wanted and X-Men: First Class (the latter he is set to follow up with X-Men: Days Of Future Past in 2014).
He stars alongside Claire Foy, Jamie Ballard and more in the production.
So as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season, Macbeth follows another political (though not a part of the season) show at Trafalgar Studios 1 - Yes, Prime Minister – with a run beginning on Friday 22nd February 2013 (previews from Saturday 9th February 2013).
|Booking From:||Saturday, 9th February 2013|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 27th April 2013|