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The Tragedy of Macbeth (N/C 15+)

17 October

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Audio descriptions are available for all showings of this film

Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

Details

Joel Coen dazzlingly adapts the Scottish play for the screen with Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington mesmeric as the couple whose political ambitions are their fatal downfall.

Shakespeare’s iconic and much adapted text, written more than 400 years ago, gets a wonderfully fresh and singular reworking in Joel Coen’s first solo outing as a director. Conjuring a beguiling netherworld between theatre and cinema, this is a stunning production. Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel’s silvery monochrome images, captured in 4:3, are embellished by the moody, near-expressionistic sets by designer Stefan Dechant. Long-term Coens collaborator Carter Burwell provides a score that balances dramatic heft with pure emotion and builds to a spellcasting crescendo.

Driving the action is an extraordinary cast featuring some of the most breathtaking performances of the year, from Corey Hawkins as Macduff and Alex Hassell as Ross, to Harry Melling, Brendan Gleeson... an embarrassment of riches that’s capped by British theatre legend Kathryn Hunter’s contortionist take on the Witches. Leading them all are Washington’s haunted Macbeth and McDormand’s scheming Lady Macbeth – ‘that I may pour my spirits in thine ear and chastise with the valour of my tongue.’ Electrifying!

So many of us missed the big-screen cinema experience last year and London Film Festival’s Closing Night Gala, the European Premiere of Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth is the perfect celebration of an art form that is built on ancient traditions of storytelling and performance, but also possesses such magical powers to capture the intimate alongside awe-inspiring scale and spectacle.

London Film Festival screening

This screening is part of BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express. Information on the rest of the LFF screenings at GFT is available here.

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  • Director Joel Coen
  • Cast Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Corey Hawkins
  • Country USA
  • Year of Production 2021
  • Running Time 1h45m
  • Certificate N/C 15+

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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