Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Macbeth (1954, George Schaefer)

Release LocationsUSA
DirectorGeorge Schaefer
MediumColor video
Length1 hrs, 43 mins
Play ConnectionsMacbeth (teleplay)
SeriesHallmark Hall of Fame


In a historic first, the production was transmitted in color for the benefit of the relatively few Americans who then owned color television sets. Maurice Evans, who played the title role, and George Schaefer, with the enlightened sponsorship of Kansas City's Joyce Hall, were key figures in bringing televised Shakespeare to North Americans. For other Shakespeare programs in the Hallmark series, see 102, 126, 309, 484, 593, 594, 613, and 649

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

MacbethMaurice Evans
Lady MacbethJudith Anderson
DuncanHouse Jameson
MalcolmRoger Hamilton
DonalbainPeter Fernandez
BanquoStaats Cotsworth
MacduffRichard Waring
Lady MacduffMargot Stevenson
FleanceJohn Reese

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorGeorge Schaefer
ProducerGeorge Schaefer
ComposerLehman Engel
CostumesNoel Taylor
ProductionOtis Riggs

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell