Macbeth (Broadway)
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Macbeth (Broadway)
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Macbeth (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(147 Ratings)
Positive
64%
Mixed
24%
Negative
12%
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Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga star as the iconic Scottish couple in Sam Gold's premiere production.

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93 Reviews | 17 Followers
100
Must see, Edgy, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You don’t mind a modern day version of this classic in modern clothing.

Don't see it if You are expecting an intricate set and period clothing.

311 Reviews | 46 Followers
94
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you enjoy great acting, original staging & are a fan of Shakespearean tragedy. Although I have seen it many times, I will remember this one

Don't see it if you like musicals and don't dig Shakespeare.

55 Reviews | 19 Followers
92
Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if Very intense. Amazing

Don't see it if You are not a Shakespeare fan.

134 Reviews | 18 Followers
92
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a masterclass from Ruth Negga, Amber Gray and Daniel Craig. Appreciated the updated casting immensely!

Don't see it if you don't want to see Shakespeare

212 Reviews | 28 Followers
90
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an even darker version of MacBeth. Incredible acting and a riveting show.

Don't see it if You are not open to seeing a show that stretches the limit with visual effects and intends to disturb you!

250 Reviews | 12 Followers
88
Engaging, Intelligent, Interesting staging, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like Shakespeare and are interested in seeing an interesting, intense and stripped down version of Macbeth with great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare and prefer musicals.

116 Reviews | 16 Followers
87
Slow, Overrated, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Saw it for Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga. Both were outstanding. Overall big slow and could have used a bit of oomf factor

Don't see it if If you prefer musicals over plays.

70 Reviews | 9 Followers
86
Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare, Daniel C and Ruth N do a great job in the lead roles. If you don't mind a modern take on a classic.

Don't see it if you want a traditional Macbeth fog machines are distracting

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
April 29th, 2022

"Despite the star power of Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga, the overthought production that opened on Thursday at the Longacre Theater seems unsure of its welcome, as if a classic that has enjoyed nearly 50 Broadway revivals since 1768 might no longer find an audience willing to meet it halfway."
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Time Out New York
April 29th, 2022

"The kind of passive-aggressive theater party that invites two big stars to attend—Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga as the regicidal title couple—and then makes a point of ignoring them. Short, eloquent, violent and packed with sensational business (murder! witches! madness! ghosts! a decapitated head!), 'Macbeth' is usually one of Shakespeare’s most exciting plays. Not so here: Deliberately murky, this anemic modern-dress production creeps at a petty pace from scene to scene, to the last syllable of the tragedy’s verse and beyond into a wistful folk-song coda."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 29th, 2022

"It’s an unusually bare staging for Broadway, stuffed with ideas but stripped clean of folderol. For the majority of the company, director Sam Gold has settled on a kind of still-in-rehearsal vibe, with big events whirling up out of an empty theater lit dimly by ghost light. Who is a witch and who is a laird in any single moment seems fluid — appropriately for a cast hamstrung repeatedly by COVID setbacks, anyone might play anyone. In contrast, Craig and Ruth Negga, as Lady Macbeth, are incontrovertibly stars, gliding across the space like slow, gleaming peacocks. They are dressed differently, conceived differently, even move differently from the rest. The result is oddly cool and lonely. "
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 29th, 2022

"We’re there to witness the latest attempt by the maddeningly inconsistent director Sam Gold to infuse new life into a classic play. Perhaps we should have taken a hint from the production’s marketing, which prominently features the names of the stars and director while Shakespeare’s is nowhere to be seen. In retrospect, that seems appropriate, since this is far more Sam Gold’s 'Macbeth' than the Bard’s."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 29th, 2022

"Gold's choice to incorporate these various interruptions adds novelty, though they also steal something from the momentum. The actors frequently carry portable smoke machines and spotlights to create their own atmosphere as they go and freely bend the elasticity of Shakespeare's language to their will, bringing the audience in on the joke via tweaked physicality and implied winks to the balcony. "
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Variety
April 29th, 2022

"It is in no way original to focus, as a curtain speech tells us here, on the witches and what we might call the generally creepy vibe of the play. Under all the fog (and there is a lot of it), there isn’t much substance in this production, which clearly prioritizes an aesthetic and a mood over acting, coherence and Shakespeare’s text."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 29th, 2022

"Hie thee to the Longacre Theatre, should you be interested in seeing one of the more dismal Shakespeare productions ever to grace—or rather besmirch—a Broadway stage in recent memory. The highly anticipated production of 'Macbeth,' starring Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga, closes the pandemic-plagued Broadway season on a dispiritingly dreary note. Misguided in execution and largely indifferently acted, this minimalist production does no favors to either of its talented stars."
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Deadline
April 29th, 2022

"In one of Gold’s riskier directorial flourishes, the dead of 'Macbeth' never really leave. Even aside from the usual ghosts and apparitions, Gold’s stage will be populated by the sitting, silent victims of all that bloodletting, a choice that casts an appropriately spooky spell even as it – along with an unnecessary, weirdly upbeat visual coda – ultimately undercuts the wreckage and finality every bloody 'Macbeth' deserves."
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