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Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Winter’s Tale
Shakespeareana

Available versions

1948: Orson Welles

1954: George Schaefer

1961: Paul Almond

1971: Roman Polanski

1979: Philip Casson

1981: Arthur Allan Seidelman

1983: Jack Gold

1997: Jeremy Freeston

1998: Michael Bogdanov

2001: Gregory Doran

2006: Geoffrey Wright

2009: Colleen Stovall

2010: Rupert Goold

2014: Eve Best


Adaptations

1957: Throne of Blood

1991: Men of Respect

1991: Scotland, PA

1992: Nikolai Serebryakov, Dave Edwards (animated)

1999: Macbeth in Manhattan

2005: ShakespeaRe-Told: Macbeth


Production drama

2003: Slings and Arrows (Season 2)


Educational

2008: This Is Macbeth

2013: Shakespeare Uncovered (Season 1, Ep. 2)


Macbeth
1981: Arthur Allan Seidelman

Part of a series of nine Shakespeare plays done initially for schools called “The Shakespeare Plays”, in an attempt to be straightforward and accessible, this treads a fine line between being the brilliant and the boring. The goal of the series was apparently to make unexceptionable (but also unexceptional) versions of some plays, set in (more or less) traditional costumes and delivered as if in a conventional Shakespearean theater. The production values here are fairly minimal. The action is carried out on a kind of makeshift Jacobean stage, and is adequate throughout.

But the leads fall to Jeremy Brett and Piper Laurie, both of them very good actors, and they play against the rather spare production to infuse their roles with something interesting and powerful. Viewers may recall Jeremy Brett from a variety of roles, ranging from Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady to Sherlock Holmes in the long BBC series of productions. Here he captures the enigmatic quality of Macbeth, and he brings a certain warmth to the role, which elevates it from a mere story about a bad guy who did a bad thing and then kept on doing other bad things.


Angus: John Papais

Apparition: David Hirokane

Apparition: Jamie Bozian

Apparition: Shawn Lieber

Banquo: Barry Primus

Bloody Sergeant: Tim Prager

Caithness: Fredric Cook

Donalbain: Michael Augenstein

Duncan: Alan Oppenheimer

First Messenger: Jim Piper

First Murderer: Gary Bisig

Fleance: Douglas Kaback

Gentlewoman: Julie Burger

Lady Macbeth: Piper Laurie

Lady Macduff: Millie Perkins

Lennox: Franklyn Seales

Macbeth: Jeremy Brett

Macduff: Simon MacCorkindale

Malcolm: Richard Alfieri

Menteith: Phillip Persons

Ross: Brad David

Scottis Doctor: Alan Mandell

Secon Messenger: Ron Asher

Secon Murderer: Daniel Fortus

Seyton: Johnny Crawford

Siward: Stanley Waxman

Soldier: Dan Rebekenner

Soldier: Daniel Steininger

Soldier: Hilary Harrison

Soldier: Mark Christian Miller

Soldier: Michael Rodgers

Soldier: Randall Barbao

Soldier: Tim Didlake

Son to Macduff: Elliot Jaffe

The Porter: Jay Robinson

Witch: Eugenia Wright

Witch: Maria Mayenzet

Witch: Nomi Mitty

Young Siward: Robert Aberdeen