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Macbeth: Roman Polanski's Film of (1971, Roman Polanski)

TitleMacbeth: Roman Polanski's Film of
Release LocationsGB
DirectorRoman Polanski
MediumColor video
Length2 hrs, 20 mins
Audiencecollege and university
Play ConnectionsMacbeth (adaptation)


Financed by Hugh Hefner of Playboy Productions, scripted by Kenneth Tynan with Roman Polanski himself, and shot on location in Wales, this film emerged with more sensational publicity than any other Shakespeare film

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

MacbethJon Finch
Lady MacbethFrancesca Annis
DuncanNicholas Selby
MalcolmStephan Chase
DonalbainPaul Shelley
BanquoMartin Shaw
MacDuffTerence Bayler
Lady MacduffDiane Fletcher
LennoxAndrew Laurence
RossJohn Stride
MentiethFrank Wylie
AngusBernard Archard
CaithnessBruce Purchase
FleanceKeith Chegwin
Old SeywardAlf Joint
Young SeywardWilliam Hobbs
Blind WitchMaisie MacFarquhar
Young WitchNoelle Rimmington
First WitchElsie Taylor
SeytonNoel Davis
Macduff's SonMark Dightam
DoctorRichard Pearson
PorterSydney Bromley
GentlewomanPatricia Mason
First MurdererMichael Balfour
Second MurdererAndrew McCullough
Minor ThaneNigel Ashton
Minor ThaneIan Hogg
CastGeoffrey Reed
CastH. Lang
SoldiersT. Mountain
King's GroomBill Drysdale
King's GroomRoy Jones
CawdorVictor Abbott

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorRoman Polanski
ProducerAndrew Braunsberg
ProducerHugh M. Hefner
ProducerRoman Polanski
EditingAlastair McIntrye
Adaptor/TranslatorKenneth Tynan
CostumesAnthony Mendleson
CameraGilbert Taylor
ProductionFred Carter
ProductionWilfred Shingleton

Company Overview

Music Third Ear Band

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell