Macbeth, Winner: Best Production, Manchester Theatre Awards
Kenneth Branagh, Winner: Best Actor, Manchester Theatre Awards
Ray Fearon, Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Manchester Theatre Awards
Macbeth was presented at the Park Avenue Armory Drill Hall in New York City, 31 May to 22 June 2014

Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival website

For MIF13, Kenneth Branagh returns to the stage as Macbeth, for his first Shakespeare performance after more than a decade.

Directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, this tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.

Kenneth Branagh has long been lauded as one of the great Shakespearean interpreters. His skills as a writer, director and actor have garnered international acclaim across the disciplines of stage, film and television, and he is the only man to be nominated in five different categories for an Academy Award. He last performed Shakespeare when he played Richard III at the Sheffield Crucible in 2002. Recent stage performances as Edmund at the National Theatre and Ivanov for the Donmar played to great acclaim. In 2011 he completed a sell-out run of the hit comedy 'The Painkiller' at the Lyric Theatre in his home city of Belfast.

Rob Ashford has directed and choreographed productions on both sides of the Atlantic. From collaborations with the Donmar Warehouse and National Theatre, to Broadway, Ashford has a string of nominations and awards to his name including an Olivier Award for 'Anna Christie' and nominations for 'A Streetcar Named Desir'e and 'Parade' (Donmar Warehouse) and a Tony Award for 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' and nominations for productions including 'Evita' and 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'. He also won an Emmy for his choreography at the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

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Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh

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Neil Austin

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Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival




Kenneth Branagh to Play Macbeth Among Church-goers, The Guardian, 14 November 2012
Kenneth Branagh to Star in 'Macbeth' at Manchester International Festival, July 2013; Rob Ashford Directs, Broadway World, 8 November 2012
Now Sir Kenneth Sets His Sights on the Scottish Crown, The Daily Mail, 8 November 2012
Manchester Festival Sets Stage Slate, Variety, 28 February 2013
Theatre to Take Centre-stage As Line-up For Manchester International Festival Is Revealed, Manchester Evening News, 28 February 2013
Kenneth Branagh: Why I Can’t Wait to Play MancBeth (But Don't Mention the Name of THAT Play...), Manchester Evening News, 1 March 2013
Stars Head for Manchester International Festival, Lancaster Telegraph, 1 March 2013
Alex Kingston Swaps the Tardis For Toil and Trouble With Kenneth Branagh, Daily Mail, 11 April 2013
National Theatre to Live Screen MIF’s 'Macbeth', The Stage, 30 May 2013
Manchester International Festival 2013: Sir Kenneth Branagh, Manchester Evening News, 26 June 2013
The Man Who Would Be King: Kenneth Branagh Makes a Long-awaited Return to Shakespeare, The Independent, 27 June 2013
Manchester Gets First Look at Sir Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth, Manchester Evening News, 28 June 2013
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Financial Times, 28 June 2013
Manchester International Festival 2013: A Feast of Drama, Manchester Evening News, 1 July 2013
Kenneth Branagh: Lost Shakespearean?, The Telegraph, 4 July 2013
'Macbeth': MIF 2013 Reviews, Manchester Confidential, 4 July 2013
'Macbeth', Manchester International Festival, Review, The Telegraph, 5 July 2013
'Macbeth' - Review, The Guardian, 6 July 2013
All Hail Macbeth As Kenneth Branagh Is the Voice of the Tram!, Manchester Evening News, 6 July 2013
Sir Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth Impresses in Manchester, BBC News, 6 July 2013
Theatre Review: Macbeth - Kenneth Branagh's Spot of Bother at the Manchester International Festival, The Independent, 6 July 2013
Something Wicked This Way Runs, New York Times, 8 July 2013
'Macbeth' (Manchester International Festival),, 8 July 2013
Kenneth Branagh Wins Over Critics With Stage Return, Express, 8 July 2013
Sir Kenneth Branagh - Kenneth Branagh Wins Over Critics With Stage Return, Contact Music, 8 July 2013
Magnificent 'Macbeth' at the Manchester International Festival, Winsford Guardian, 8 July 2013
'Macbeth', London and Manchester – Review, Financial Times, 8 July 2013
Manchester International Festival: Macbeth, The Stage, 8 July 2013
Hot U.K. ‘Macbeth’ Faces Scottish Logjam in New York, Variety, 9 July 2013
'Macbeth', Starring Kenneth Branagh, Sparks Speculation of Broadway Transfer, Playbill, 10 July 2013
Kenneth Branagh's Lauded 'Macbeth' Is Coming to U.S. Cinemas, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2013
Kenneth Branagh Takes it Too Far, Injuring Fellow 'Macbeth' Cast Member, Contact Music, 12 July 2013
The Curse of Macbeth? Sir Kenneth Branagh 'Injures' Actor During Onstage Fight, The Independent, 13 July 2013
Actor Hospitalized After Fight Scene With Sir Kenneth Branagh Goes Wrong, FemaleFirst, 14 July 2013
Macbeth - Review, The Observer, 14 July 2013
Kenneth Branagh Answered Your Questions – As It Happened, The Guardian, 17 July 2013
Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth: A Masterful Portrayal of a Murderer, New Statesman, 18 July 2013
Is This a Dagger I See On the Cinema Screen?, The Telegraph, 21 July 2013
Spotlight: Sir Kenneth Branagh in Macbeth,, 28 October 2013
From Manchester to Portland: NT Live’s “Macbeth” with Kenneth Branagh, PQ Monthly, 29 October 2013
Ashford-Branagh 'Macbeth' Can Be Seen on Screen Before It Makes the Trip From London to New York,, 4 November 2013
Theatre Review: Macbeth, Sunday Morning Herald, 9 November 2013
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble: Branagh’s Macbeth is a Wonderfully Tempestuous Production,, 18 November 2013
Tomorrow and Tomorrow: Macbeth Becomes Actors' Go-To Shakespeare, Playbill, 20 November 2013
Kenneth Branagh, Maxine Peake and Sian Phillips Among Manchester Theatre Award Nominees, The, 14 January 2014
Sir Kenneth Branagh's 'Macbeth' Wins Manchester Theatre Awards, BBC News, 7 March 2014

Articles : New York

Macbeth: Kenneth Branagh to make NY Stage Debut, New York Theatre Guide, 19 August 2013
Kenneth Branagh to Make Stage Debut in New York as Macbeth, The Guardian, 20 August 2013
Kenneth Branagh to Bring ‘Macbeth’ to New York, Variety, 20 August 2013
Is This a Branagh I See Before Me? Sir Kenneth to Make New York Stage Debut in Macbeth, The Independent, 20 August 2013
Now Sir Kenneth Sets His Sights on the Scottish Crown, Daily Mail, 20 August 2013
Branagh’s ‘Macbeth’ Coming to New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2014, New York Times, 20 August 2013's Theatre Week in Review, Aug. 17-23: Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth Stalks the Armory, Playbill, 23 August 2013
Video Exclusive: Kenneth Branagh Discusses New York Stage Debut in Park Avenue Armory 'Macbeth', Playbill, 8 May 2014
Richard Coyle Joins Kenneth Branagh in 'Macbeth' at Park Avenue Armory; Complete Cast Announced, Playbill, 12 May 2014
It Will Have Blood (Mud, Too), New York Times, 15 May 2014
Thane of Cawdor Plays the Armory, New York Times, 21 May 2014
Kenneth Branagh on Bringing a "Dog-Eat-Dog, Savage" Macbeth to New York, Playbill, 28 May 2014
'Macbeth,' Scotland Included, Wall Street Journal, 29 May 2014
Immersive Production of Macbeth, With Kenneth Branagh, Begins May 31 at Park Avenue Armory, Playbill, 31 May 2014
Putting the Mud in “Macbeth”, New Yorker, 4 June 2014
Aisle View: Branagh's Monumentally Masterful Macbeth, Huffington Post, 5 June 2014
Kenneth Branagh Wins Rave Reviews For New York Stage Debut, Daily Star, 6 June 2014
Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston in Epic New ‘Macbeth’, Washington Post, 6 June 2014
'Macbeth': Theater Review, Hollywood Reporter, 6 June 2014
Theater Review: Just About Everything Works (Except the Seats) in Kenneth Branagh’s 'Macbeth',, 6 June 2014
Manchester International Festival's 'Macbeth' Moves to New York, Manchester Evening News, 9 June 2014
Opening Night Of Macbeth Packs The House, Raises Funds For Park Avenue Armory, Forbes, 9 June 2014
Kenneth Branagh and Macbeth in Manhattan, Huffington Post, 10 June 2014
Getting “Macbeth” Right, The New Yorker, 10 June 2014
After Making a Name for Himself in Musicals, Rob Ashford Reinvents Macbeth With Kenneth Branagh,, 12 June 2014
At Park Avenue Armory, the Play's the Thing, but Oy, the Seating, Wall Street Journal, 13 June 2014
VIPs Toast ‘Macbeth’, New York Post, 14 June 2014
A Tale of Sound and Fury: Rob Ashford on Binge-Watching Netflix, Instant Fame and Collaborating with Kenneth Branagh, Playbill, 18 June 2014
The $350 Macbeth — Is It Worth It?, The Broadway Blog, 19 June 2014
Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Macbeth’ Goes Out in a Fitting Burst of Blood, New York Post, 25 June 2014

Video / Audio

Kenneth Branagh in "Macbeth", Saturday Review, BBC Radio 4, 6 July 2013
"Macbeth" at the Park Avenue Armory in New York with director: Rob Ashford and actors: Alex Kingston & Sir Kenneth Branagh, Charlie Rose, 17 June 2014