Courtesy of Sony and Park Circus

Thursday 30 June 2016 -
18:15 to 21:00

Our SHAKESPEARE LIVES on Film season in partnership with the Irish Film Institute concludes on June 30th with Roman Polanski's 1971 version of MACBETH + a lively panel discussion on Shakespeare adaptations for both stage and screen.


Experience Roman Polanski's nightmarish vision of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy about the lust for power and its bloody consequences.

Jon Finch is Macbeth, the Scottish war hero whose insane ambition unleashes a cycle of violence. Prompted by the supernatural prophecy of three witches, Macbeth is goaded by his Lady (Francesca Annis) into slaying King Duncan and assuming his throne. Filmed in rugged North Wales, Polanski used the landscape to accentuate the visual and mystical elements of Shakespeare’s play.

As the first film Roman Polanski directed following the horrific murder of Sharon Tate, his pregnant wife, at the hands of the Manson Family, it is not surprising that his treatment of Macbeth is particularly dark and brutal. Taking marked liberties with the text, most notably with the character of Ross, who, through careful and deliberate placement, is elevated to a much more central role, it is a lurid and hallucinatory representation of the play. It is also powerful and undeniably cinematic, full of sound and fury, all of which is significant in one of the most singular of Shakespeare adaptations.

Info: Director - Roman Polanski, 140 mins, UK-USA, 1971, Digital

Panel Discussion

Join us after the screening for a lively panel discussion on Shakespeare adaptations for both stage and screen.

In deciding to adapt a Shakespeare play for either screen or stage, one of the first decisions concerns the use of language – to use or not to use the original dialogue – and the context. Our panel discussion will focus on Shakespeare adaptations for both stage and screen, and the panellists will include: theatre director Selina Cartmell; Abbey Theatre Education Manager, Phil Kingston; actress Karen Ardiff; author and director Gerard Stembridge and lecturer Dr. Jane Grogan.


Macbeth featuring Vicky McClure

If you're a fan of Macbeth or Shakespeare on film then take a look at our Shakespeare Lives film collection, a series of short films using Shakespeare's works as inspiration, commissioned by British Council for our global Shakespeare Lives programme in 2016:

Macbeth ft. Vicky McClure

Star Cross'd: a contemporary take on Romeo and Juliet

Miranda's Letter; a story inspired by The Tempest

Julius Caesar featuring Mark Stanley and Tony Osoba

SBTV presents Twelfth Night