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Macbeth from MTC

06 Jun 2017

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The Melbourne Theatre Company has brought Shakespeare’s Scottish-based play back to Melbourne with a star-studded cast.

Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad) will play the role of Macbeth in Simon Phillips’ upcoming production of the classic tragedy.

Geraldine Hakewill (Wanted) takes on the role of Lady Macbeth, the mastermind and tortured character behind the couple’s political fortunes.

“‘I’m so delighted to be returning to the company with a Shakespeare – my greatest theatrical passion,” said Phillips.

“This is probably his most visceral play – it operates on the head and the heart in equal measure, inviting the audience into the irrational world of its anti-hero.”

The story of Macbeth follows that titular character who finds himself in the middle of a prophecy that leads to greatness, but also towards isolation and madness.

“Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship is so superbly elucidated and conceived, and the gender politics that go on are totally contemporary,” said Philips.

“I’m particularly excited to work with Jai and Geraldine – and indeed all these terrific actors – to bring these seminal roles to life.”

“The results will hopefully be compelling, chilling and spasmodically heart-rending.”

Macbeth opens on Friday, June 9 at the Southbank Theatre.

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