Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Macbeth (1982, Jack Gold)

Release LocationsGB
DirectorJack Gold
MediumColor video
Length2 hrs, 30 mins
Audiencecollege and university
Play ConnectionsMacbeth (teleplay)
SeriesThe Shakespeare Plays


The production follows the Peter Alexander edition, with some further alterations by script editor David Snodin. As he explains, the play is already one of Shakespeare's briefest anyway, though for the sake of compression Hecate's two appearances (in 3.5. and 4.1) have been eliminated along with the English Doctor's report on the King's 'evil' (4.3). In addition 3.6. takes place after rather than before 4.1 in order to achieve greater tension (BSP 31)

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

MacbethNicol Williamson
Lady MacbethJane Lapotaire
DuncanMark Dignam
MalcolmJames Hazeldine
DonalbainTom Bowles
BanquoIan Hogg
MacduffTony Doyle
Lady MacduffJill Baker
LennoxJohn Rowe
RossGawn Grainger
MenteithMatthew Long
AngusDavid Lyon
CaithnessPeter Porteous
FleanceAlistair Henderson
SiwardWilliam Abney
Young SiwardNicholas Coppin
CaptainChristopher Ellison
First WitchBrenda Bruce
Third WitchAnne Dyson
Second WitchEileen Way
SeytonEamon Boland
Macduff's SonCrispin Mair
Scottish DoctorJohn Woodnutt
PorterJames Bolam
Old ManWill Leighton
GentlewomanDenyse Alexander
Fourth MurdererRodney Cardiff
Third MurdererPhilip Dunbar
Fifth MurdererMark Lindsay
First MurdererBarry Lowe
Second MurdererChristopher Reich
Second MessengerChristopher Fulford
First Messenger/ServantGordon Kane

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJack Gold
Director's AssistantBeryl Hurdle
ProducerShaun Sutton
Literary ConsultantJohn Wilders
ComposerCarl Davis
Fight CoordinatorMalcolm Ranson
Adaptor/TranslatorDavid Snodin
Production ManagerPeter Stenning
CostumesMichael Burdle
MakeupJenny Shircore
LightingDennis Channon
SoundRay Angel
Production AssociateFraser Lowden
ProductionGerry Scott

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell