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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Macbeth (1970, John Gorrie)

Release LocationsGB
DirectorJohn Gorrie
MediumColor video
Length2 hrs, 17 mins
Audiencecollege and university
general public
high school
Play ConnectionsMacbeth (teleplay)
SeriesPlay of the Month


Made for television by the BBC. In the U.S.A., under the sponsorship of the NEH and Mobil Corporation, it was shown on PBS stations as a segment in the 13-part great plays series of Classic Theatre: Humanities in the Drama, at 9:00 P.M. on Saturday, 27 Sept. 1975. Both the producer and the director (Cedric Messina and John Gorrie) were to play a heavy role subsequently in the BBC Shakespeare series, shown in the United States as "The Shakespeare Plays." The Humanities series was produced by Joan Sullivan of Station WGBH-Boston for public television

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

MacbethEric Porter
Lady MacbethJanet Suzman
DuncanMichael Goodliffe
MalcolmJohn Alderton
DonalbainRobin Browne
BanquoJohn Thaw
MacduffJohn Woodvine
Lady MacDuffRowena Cooper
LennoxDonald Douglas
RossAlan Rowe
MenteithGeoffrey Palmer
CaithnessColin Fisher
FleanceMalcolm McFee
SiwardNorman Tyrrell
Young SiwardDavid Sadgrove
WitchesHilary Mason
SeytonDavid Spenser
BoyNicholas Dashwood
DoctorJohn Bailey
SergeantMichael Beint
PorterWolfe Morris
Old ManGeorge Merritt
GentlewomanRosamund Burne
MurderersTony Caunter
ServantRay Davis
ServantPaul Greenhalgh
MessengerJohn Kelland
CastSylvia Coleridge
CastLeon Eagles
CastDaphne Heard

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJohn Gorrie
ProducerCedric Messina
ComposerChristopher Whelen
CostumesJohn Bloomfield
ProductionNatasha Kroll

Company Overview

Playgroup BBC Enterprises
Playgroup Classic Theatre, the Humanities in Drama

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell