The Clark Presents National Theatre Live Production of Macbeth

For Immediate Release

October 07, 2013

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Kenneth Branagh stars in Macbeth, airing live at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Thursday, October 17 at 2 pm. The production is part of the Clark’s ongoing series of live transmissions from London’s National Theatre Live. Tickets are $18 ($15 members). To purchase tickets, visit or call 413 458 0524.

Written in the early 1600s, Macbeth remains one of Shakespeare’s most enduring and powerful tragedies. It tells the story of a Scottish general who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that he will become King of Scotland. Fueled by greed and a lust for power, Macbeth murders King Duncan and ascends to the throne. Haunted by guilt and paranoia, he soon becomes a murderous tyrant as civil war ensues. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (played by Alex Kingston) are quickly drawn into a world of insanity, narcissism, and treachery.

Directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford, this electrifying new production is set in Manchester within the intimate walls of a deconsecrated church. The production is very much a movie-style presentation, making it appealing to broad audiences—including those who have never experienced Shakespeare. Approximate running time is 120 minutes.

Due to the construction activity and limited parking at the Clark, visitors should plan to arrive twenty minutes before the performance.

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Stone Hill Center galleries are open; admission is free. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.


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