Macbeth (Donmar Warehouse)
Macbeth (Donmar Warehouse)
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Macbeth (Donmar Warehouse) London Reviews and Tickets

86%
(11 Ratings)
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100%
Mixed
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Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Riveting

About the Show

David Tennant stars in the Donmar Warehouse's adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy.

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265 Reviews | 116 Followers
85
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if David Tennant was worth seeing alone. The sound design was epic. Caused you to really hear the words anew. I saw it twice, totally worth it.

Don't see it if If you don’t like a modern staging of Shakespeare or would have problems with the headphones. It was almost 2 hrs, no interval. Minor blood

99 Reviews | 8 Followers
70
Great acting, Clever

See it if you can get a ticket. The sound design is excellent, but the story trails off as usual with this play.

Don't see it if Don't like Shakespeare.

24 Reviews | 0 Followers
90
Riveting, Epic, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see amazing acting - Cush Jumbo is absolutley out of this word as Lady Macbeth

Don't see it if You want a full costumed, full-script version of Macbeth Read more

22 Reviews | 0 Followers
70
Ambitious, Well-acted, Gimicky, Entertaining

See it if like Tennant or Jumbo - both deliver good performance with clear diction. It is a concise view of Macbeth. Want to see a different take.

Don't see it if you don't like the bells and whistles - lots of SFX and music. Webster has chopped the book up - all off-stage murders, no witches etc.

13 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Resonant, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you like David tenant, you want to see Shakespeare without dramatic whispering, you like a good set and good music

Don't see it if you don't like gimmicky things like binaural headphones and sounds of birds squawking.

6 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if David tennant inhabits the role exceptionally bringing nuances to macbeths character that I hadn’t seen before .

Don't see it if Not the traditional staging of Macbeth

6 Reviews | 0 Followers
89
Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a clever, new take on a classic, or you're not a Shakespeare fan but want to try seeing one

Don't see it if You don't like wearing over-ear headphones

6 Reviews | 0 Followers
76
Riveting, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You're a Shakespeare fan, a Tennant fan, or a fan of technology being integrated into the theatregoing experience.

Don't see it if You don't know what Macbeth is about (research before!), you're opposed to the oft-gimmicky idea of headphones the whole time.

Critic Reviews (12)

BroadwayWorld
December 16th, 2023

“Their performances are enthralling, but removed from the audience. Armed with headphones, the patrons are given a personal, intimate feed of every breath and murmur of the actors they’ve come to see...It would be interesting to see the show free from all the fancy listening gear so we can bask in the thrill of seeing Tennant and Jumbo grapple with their actions without a middleman.”
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The London Evening Standard
December 18th, 2023

"This is like listening to a very good audio production of Macbeth while watching very good actors mime to it. Interesting, but not something you’d necessarily choose to experience. Which is a shame, as it features the most emotionally committed Shakespearean performance I’ve seen Tennant give."
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Time Out London
December 16th, 2023

“ ‘Macbeth’ was always pacey, but there are absolutely no longeurs here, just thrilling set piece after thrilling set piece, the whole thing blasted out in under two hours.”
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The Guardian (UK)
December 16th, 2023

"It’s a cool, cocky and utterly arresting production. Tennant’s Macbeth is vicious and yet he makes us feel his character’s tragedy acutely."
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The Telegraph (UK)
December 16th, 2023

"For almost two hours, you’re held in the play’s grip until Tennant’s physically prostrate and profusely bleeding monarch lies felled, and alone, like a sacrificial victim; we gaze upon the corpse, while hearing, as if through his dying senses, the final exchanges between the departed company – an act of risk-taking theatre that also feels darkly, magically, like real-life."
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The Times (UK)
December 16th, 2023

“With no interval to interrupt proceedings, events hurtle towards the bleak conclusion...Haggard and careworn, Tennant is simply hypnotic. His verse speaking remains every bit as precise as we’ve come to expect.”
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WhatsOnStage
December 16th, 2023

“This feels like a ‘Macbeth’ for the digital age, one perfectly tailored for fans of its star David Tennant. It’s stylish, evocative – and slightly distancing. But never for a moment can you tear your attention away...This is a cool, studied ‘Macbeth’, with a clear view of where it’s headed. It didn’t move me, but in its own chilly way, it strikes deep chords.”
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London Theatre
December 16th, 2023

"This is unquestionably a slick, stylish and sharply effective production. Rosanna Vize blends ancient and modern with her monochromatic take on kilts and knitwear, and the sheer brutality – especially the deaths of innocents – calls to mind our current conflicts. Above all, Tennant is an unmissable monster."
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