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The 2013-2014 Broadway Season

Ethan Hawke stars in a new production of a work that is widely considered to be one of William Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful tragedies.

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Vivian Beaumont Theatre
Opening Night - November 21 2013
MacbethEthan Hawke, Daniel Sunjata, Richard Easton (foreground, l. to r.) and company in Shakespeare's Macbeth.


Swollen with pride and gleaming with the adrenalin the result of two separate and astounding victories, Macbeth arrives from his battles at the very point Fate warns us most to be vigilant about – the apex of success! As Macbeth disappears further and further down the path to destruction and despair, he doesn't simply act out his blackened fantasies – he tells us about them, in some of the most probing, glorious, and revealing text ever penned. In a production drenched in black, and glinting with blood red and dazzling white, Macbeth reveals itself to be Shakespeare's most powerful and darkest nightmare, a terrifying parable for our own time. Ethan Hawke stars in the title role opposite Anne-Marie Duff as Lady Macbeth.


  • According to superstition, it is bad luck to speak the name “Macbeth” inside a theatre, unless you are actually performing in the play. Many thespians instead refer to it instead as the “Scottish Play.”
  • This is the second Broadway production of Macbeth to be mounted in 2013. The previous production was part of the 2012-2013 season.
  • The last time the “Scottish Play” was produced in two consecutive Broadway seasons was in 1989-81 and 1982-83.


Shakespeare’s tragedy was first performed in England at the beginning of the 17th century, and has proved to be one of his most popular works. The play has previously been staged on Broadway in several dozen times.


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Revised March 27, 2014


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