Full Casting announced for Royal Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth


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 directs this contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller which runs in repertoire in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 13 March until 18 September. Her production of David Eldridge’s play Beginning transfers from the National Theatre into the West End at the Ambassadors theatre from 15 January – 24 March 2018.

Joining Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are David Acton (Duncan);Afolabi Alli (Company); Donna Banya (Donalbain/Gentlewoman); Stevie Basaula (Bloody Captain/2nd Murderer);Edward Bennett (Macduff); Katy Brittain (Doctor); Raif Clarke (Boy); Paul Dodds (Chamberlain 1); Josh Finan(Company); Bally Gill (Ross); Mariam Haque (Lady MacDuff); Michael Hodgson (Porter); John Macaulay(Chamberlain/Lord); Luke Newberry (Malcolm); Tom Padley (1st Murderer); Tim Samuels (Lennox) and Raphael Sowole (Banquo).

The production is designed by Fly Davis with lighting by Lizzie Powell and music by Rupert Cross. Sound is by Christopher Shutt and movement is by Aline David with fights by Kate Waters and Illusions by Chris Fisher.

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Polly Findlay

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
13 March – 18 September 2018

Press night: Tuesday 20 March, 7pm

Broadcast live to cinemas on 11 April.
Followed by encore screenings and international screenings from the 4 May.

Tickets: 01789 403493 or



The National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Beginning will transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End for a limited 10-week season from 15 January 2018

BEGINNING by Eldridge, , Writer – David Eldridge, Director – Poly Findley, Designer – Fly Davis, The National Theatre, 2017, credit: Johan Persson/

The National Theatre’s critically acclaimed, sold-out production of BEGINNING‘the (anti) romance for 21st-century London life’ (Evening Standard), will transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre for a strictly limited 10-week run from 15 January 2018, with a press night on Tuesday 23 January.

BEGINNING is a tender and funny look at the first fragile moments of risking your heart and taking a chance. Reprising their highly praised roles as Laura and Danny, Justine Mitchell (Bodies, Royal Court; Mr Burns, Almeida Theatre) and Sam Troughton (King Lear, National Theatre; The Hollow Crown, BBC; and The Ritual), are directed by Polly Findlay (Limehouse, Donmar Warehouse; As You Like ItProtest Song and Antigone, National Theatre) in this season’s must-see hit by David Eldridge (Festen, Market BoyUnder the Blue SkyIn Basildon).

Every story starts somewhere. It’s the early hours of the morning and Danny’s the last straggler at Laura’s party. The flat’s in a mess. And so are they. One more drink? 

Acclaimed by critics and audiences during its sold-out run, BEGINNING received its world premiere on 12 October 2017 in the NT’s Dorfman Theatre.

With design by Fly Davis, lighting design by Jack Knowles, sound design by Paul Arditti and movement by Naomi SaidBEGINNING is produced in the West End by the National Theatre.

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday 20 November at 10am, with a priority booking period for NT members from Friday 10 November.

BEGINNING is supported by the NT’s Official Card Partner, American Express.