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Berkoff's Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

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Part One 01:00:37
Part Two 59:32


Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995.

Praise for 'Berkoff's Macbeth':

"A terrific production" - The Times
"Cleo Laine is marvellous...a highly enjoyable production" - Stage
"Unlike any other production of 'the Scottish play' you've ever heard. Cleo Laine cooks up a storm...Mark Glentworth's score is an ear-opener" - Daily Mail
"A gripping production...Berkoff's soliloquies as Macbeth were terrifying" - Sunday Telegraph

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 to great critical acclaim, 'Berkoff's Macbeth' is a powerful, chilling interpretation of Shakespeare's tragedy which, while remaining faithful to the text, reveals Steven Berkoff's highly original genius. His dynamic Thane is complemented by Linda Marlowe's icy, calculating Lady Macbeth, Samuel West's impassioned Macduff, Timothy Walker's outraged Malcolm and Cleon Laine's sublimely sinister witches.

Together with Mark Glentworth's evocative music, they create an atmosphere of high dramatic tension which has all the immediacy of film. Bringing out the dramatic subtleties, the magic, the madness and the horror of Shakespeare's play, 'Berkoff's Macbeth' is a production that will be remembered for its vigour, energy and emotional power.

It is presented here in it's full unabridged form, split in to two one hour halves for ease of listening. This is the first time the production has been available to buy in many years.


Steven Berkoff - Macbeth
Linda Marlowe - Lady Macbeth
Cleo Laine - 3 Witches
Lee Montague - Duncan
Timothy Walker - Malcolm
Ian Hogg - Banquo
Samuel West - Macduff
Craig Charles - The Porter
Suzan Sylvester - Lady Macduff
William Russell - Angus
Howard Goorney - Old Siward
Dyfed Thomas - Donalbain
Gary Raymond - Lennox
Michael Grandage - Ross
Harry Peacock - Fleance
Thomas Orange - Young Macduff


released December 28, 2010

Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995

Written by William Shakespeare
Audio editing by Paul Plant
Music by Mark Glentworth
Adapted and Produced by David Benedictus
Directed by Steven Berkoff

(c) A Ladbroke Productions & G&J Productions Release


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