Saved events


Royal Shakespeare Company

Christopher Eccleston makes his RSC debut in the title role of Shakespeare’s psychological thriller, opposite Niamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth and with Edward Bennett as Macduff.

Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.

Polly Findlay’s contemporary production of this dark tragedy of power and revenge marks her return to the Barbican following her stunning staging of The Alchemist in 2016.


Tagged with: Theatre & dance RSC 2018

Duration: 2 hours 33 mins, including an interval 

Tue 8 Jan
Post-show talk 
(free to same-day ticket holders)

Past: Wed 14 Nov
Audio-described and captioned performance
Described by Mary Placket & Carolyn Smith and captioned by Stefanie Bell 

Presented by the Barbican. The Royal Shakespeare Company is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. The RSC Acting Companies are generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation


‘Urgent and wonderfully sinister‘
‘Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack make a gripping central couple‘
‘Christopher Eccleston’s debut engagement with the Royal Shakespeare Company is a powerhouse performance…he invests this prestigious career milestone with so much musclebound, adrenalised energy‘
Hollywood Reporter


man walking down an hallway with mirror on ceiling

Watch: A Season of contemporary Shakespeare at the Barbican

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed productions of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor arrive at the Barbican for a contemporary London Season, transferring directly from Stratford-upon-Avon.

photo of Niamh Cusack

Watch: Who is Lady Macbeth?


Niamh Cusack, who plays Lady Macbeth in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Macbeth, discusses her interpretation of the character.

Barbican Theatre