Is this a Doctor I see before me? The Ninth Doctor himself Christopher Eccleston will play Macbeth in the 2018 summer season for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The ‘Scottish Play’ sees the victorious Macbeth return home from battle, where he meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.
Following in the footsteps of Tenth Doctor David Tennant, who played Hamlet in 2008 season at Stratford, Eccleston is to make his RSC debut playing the Scottish King at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, in the season which runs from 13 March until 18 September 2018.
The contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller, will be directed by Polly Findlay and will also star Niamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth.
The actor actively sought the role according to RSC artistic director Gregory Doran
“Christopher Eccleston rang and said ‘I know you’re going through all the plays in the canon, when you get to Macbeth can I play him please?’”
Macbeth will also be broadcast live to cinemas on 11 April 2018.
Priority Booking opens from 25 September. Public booking opens on 23 October on the RSC website.