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

72%
(128 Reviews)
Positive
68%
Mixed
21%
Negative
11%
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Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Intense

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

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Member Reviews (128)

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952 Reviews | 387 Followers
80
‘‘twas a rough night…, So much fog…!!!…, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see some great acting in a MacBeth that’s a bit stylized, for no apparent reason. Many directing choices baffle but entertain.

Don't see it if You’re a purist. You may find yourself leaving at intermission. If you can just enjoy the ride I think it all kind of works well enough. Read more

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
78
Stripped-down, Intense, Edgy, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you love Macbeth and enjoy seeing new interpretations of the work. With few exceptions, the performances are excellent.

Don't see it if you’re a Shakespeare purist and don’t enjoy stripped-down, modern dress productions.

Nic
447 Reviews | 86 Followers
84
Entertaining, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you’d enjoy a modern yet straightforward take on a Shakespeare classic with a cast full of great actors.

Don't see it if you don’t like Shakespeare.

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
73
Quirky, Intense, Uneven acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you love all of Sam Gold's work, want amazing performance by Negga and an excellent one by Craig, want experimental take on Shakespeare, *

Don't see it if Shakespeare purist (a couple of famous lines either deleted or downplayed), don't like blood/violence, actors playing more than 1 role, Read more

423 Reviews | 99 Followers
54
Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you like Sam Gold. Craig better than his notices. You dont mind busy furniture movement. I liked the narrator. Great theater.

Don't see it if Negga was AWOL. I didn't notice her suicide. Hated the witches-making omelets? Being "cute" for no reason, it's Will S; get out of the way Read more

425 Reviews | 62 Followers
75
Indulgent

See it if Going to see 007 Daniel Craig licensed to kill. Modern, minimalist, very bloody production. Ruth Negga’s excellent, intense Lady Macbeth.

Don't see it if Undramatic playing of the famous drama, esp by Daniel. Same people playing multiple characters w/o costume changes gets kinda confusing. Read more

427 Reviews | 48 Followers
56
Overrated, Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing

See it if never seen Macbeth before and like Daniel Craig though not the traditional version

Don't see it if want a well put together play. actors felt as if they were in different plays together. terrible direction and staging.

373 Reviews | 150 Followers
80
Fresh spin on a classic that doesn’t always hit its mark, Negga shines, An homage to human tragedies as a whole, Thought-provoking (not always in a good way), Uneven performances

See it if you enjoy Sam Gold’s spare, cut, modernized Shakespeare; know the play; a fan of Daniel Craig, Ruth Negga, Amber Gray, or Grantham Coleman.

Don't see it if you find Gold’s work too “hit-or-miss” and didn’t enjoy his King Lear. Here, we have a more solid piece, but a lot of misses and messes. Read more

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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