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Photo of David Tennant to promote Macbeth

David Tennant played Macbeth as part of the 30th birthday celebrations of the London theatre the Donmar Warehouse. Cush Jumbo played Lady Macbeth.

The Donmar Warehouse is a 251 seat, not-for-profit theatre in Covent Garden, London. It is located at 41 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LX.

The production of Macbeth was directed by Max Webster and ran for 10 weeks from Friday 8th December 2023 until Saturday 10th February 2024.

Tickets went on sale to the public from 9am on Tuesday 16th May and sold out in less than an hour.

Tickets were £69, £48 and £25. Preview prices (8th to 12th December) were £64, £43 and £25.

The performance times were:
Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm
Tuesday 2nd January a matinee at 2.30pm
Thursday matinees (on 4th, 11th and 25th January, plus 8th February) at 2.30pm
Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
There were no performances between Sunday 24th December 2023 and Monday 1st January 2024.
Tickets were limited to 4 per person.

For Macbeth £15 standing tickets were released for purchase online from midday on the day of the performance.
Please note you were not be able to purchase standing tickets in person or over the phone.

The performance on Thursday 11th January was recorded although details about how or when it will be released have not been announced yet.

On The Zoe Ball Show on Friday 9th February 2024 David Tennant announced that Macbeth will transfer to another theatre in London in the autumn of this year. He gave no further details other than it had only just been agreed.

David previously took on the role of Macbeth in a BBC radio production which was broadcast in April 2022.

The quote from David about taking on the title role in Shakespeare's play is "The first Shakespeare I ever read was Macbeth. It's a play that has haunted me for as long as I can remember.
To be playing this part, in the unique and intimate Donmar Warehouse, directed by the brilliant Max Webster is daunting and humbling, but most of all... thrilling.
"

The Donmar's artistic director Michael Longhurst said he was "so excited to witness David Tennant's portrayal" of Macbeth.

Donmar Warehouse website.

Link to posts related to Macbeth on Blogger.com (usually with more detail).

February 2024
A fun video of David Tennant and some of the cast of Macbeth has been posted online. Updated 10/2

Today David Tennant plays the final two performances of Macbeth (60th and 61st) at Donmar Warehouse. Updated 10/2

MP3s of all David Tennant's sections on The Zoe Ball Show today. The appearance was to promote BAFTA and Macbeth. Updated 9/2

David Tennant announced on The Zoe Ball Show this morning that Macbeth will transfer to another theatre in London in the autumn of this year!
He gave no further details other than it had only just been agreed. Updated 9/2

This week David Tennant plays performances 54 to 61 of Macbeth.
This is the final week of performances.
There are performances on Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm and matinees on Thursday (8th) and Saturday (10th February). Updated 5/2


January 2024
This week David Tennant plays performances 47 to 53 of Macbeth.
There are performances on Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm (except Tuesday which starts at 7pm) and a matinee on Saturday (3rd February). Updated 29/1

This week David Tennant plays performances 39 to 46 of Macbeth.
There are performances on Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, plus matinees on Thursday (25th) and Saturday (27th). Updated 22/1

A fun photo of David Tennant with the cast and crew of Macbeth has been posted online. Updated 16/1

This week David Tennant plays performances 32 to 38 of Macbeth.
There are performances on Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, plus a matinee on Saturday (20th) at 2.30pm. Updated 15/1

A video about the binaural technology used in Macbeth has been posted to YouTube.
The video includes clips of David Tennant and Cush Jumbo in rehearsals. Updated 4/1

This week David Tennant plays performances 17 to 24 of Macbeth.
There are performances on Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, plus matinees on Tuesday (2nd), Thursday (4th) and Saturday (6th) at 2.30pm. Updated 2/1


December 2023
David Tennant is the guest on the latest Putting It Together podcast.
The appearance is mainly to discuss Macbeth. Updated 27/12

David Tennant is shown in rehearsals in a video about the music which is featured in Macbeth which has been posted to YouTube. Updated 20/12

Financial Times gives Macbeth 5 stars in its review.
The review includes the comment 'Tennant is tremendous, his body tense and coiled as steel wire, his eyes sharp and hard.' Updated 19/12

This week David Tennant plays performances 10 to 16 of Macbeth.
There are performances on Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm plus a matinee on Saturday (23rd December) at 2.30pm. Updated 18/12

Round-up of reviews of David Tennant in Macbeth. Updated 16/12

Time Out gives Macbeth four stars and includes the line 'I found Tennant utterly gripping.' Updated 16/12

The lowest review is Evening Standard which only awards Macbeth three stars.
The review has the title 'David Tennant gives his all but play undone by overarching gimmick.' Updated 16/12

Theatre Weekly opts for four stars for Macbeth and uses the phrase 'David Tennant as the titular Macbeth holds the audience spellbound throughout.' Updated 16/12

What's On Stage gives Macbeth four stars.
Its review includes the line 'David Tennant discovers new meanings in familiar lines, playing on a sardonic sense of weariness.' Updated 16/12

Daily Mail has a four star review of Macbeth.
That newspapers opts for the longer title 'This production of Macbeth has oodles of atmosphere ... All hail David Tennant, Thane of Covent Garden (pity about the headphones though). Updated 16/12

The Telegraph awards Macbeth five stars.
the title of its review is 'David Tennant triumphs in magical, revelatory staging.' Updated 16/12

The Times (behind a paywall) gives Macbeth four stars.
It's review is titled 'Haggard and careworn, Tennant is simply hypnotic.' Updated 16/12

The Guardian gave Macbeth five stars in its review which had the title 'David Tennant thrills in this high-concept production.' Updated 16/12

Photos of David Tennant at the after show party for Macbeth last night. Updated 16/12

Production photos of David Tennant in Macbeth. Updated 16/12

Four more production photos of David Tennant and the cast of Macbeth have been posted online. Updated 15/12

Another production photo of David Tennant and Cush Jumbo from Macbeth has been posted online. Updated 15/12

A montage of production photos of Macbeth have been posted online. Updated 15/12

Some production photos of David Tennant and the cast of Macbeth have been posted online. Updated 15/12

Tonight David Tennant performs in the Press Night performance of Macbeth.
This is the seventh performance of the run. Updated 15/12

The official tie-in book to the Donmar Warehouse production of Macbeth is published today. Updated 14/12

This week David Tennant plays performances 3 to 9 of Macbeth.
There are performances on Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm (except Friday 15th), plus a matinee on Saturday (16th December) at 2.30pm.
The Press Night for Macbeth is Friday (15th) and starts at 7pm. Updated 11/12

Tonight David Tennant plays the first performance of Macbeth at Donmar Warehouse, London. Updated 8/12

Donmar Warehouse tweeted today about Macbeth:
£15 standing tickets will be released online only on the day of the performance at midday.
Donmar Daily tickets will be available 7 days before performances online only at 10am .
Returns will be released online as they become available. Updated 7/12

The Guardian has an interview with Cush Jumbo and David Tennant about playing the Macbeths. Updated 3/12

A photo of Cush Jumbo and David Tennant (photographed for the New Review at the Donmar Warehouse rehearsal rooms in London preparing for its production of Macbeth) has been posted online. Updated 3/12

An official tie-in book to the Donmar Warehouse production of Macbeth to be published.
It will be published on Thursday 14th December which is just six days after the first performance of Shakespeare's play at the theatre in London.
The book features revealing behind-the-scenes material exploring how the production was conceived and developed. Updated 2/12


November 2023
New artwork for Macbeth

New artwork for Macbeth has been posted online. Updated 29/11

The first rehearsal photos of David Tennant and Cush Jumbo from the Donmar Warehouse's upcoming revival of Macbeth have been posted online. Updated 24/11

The BBC website has an interview with David Tennant to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's First Folio including David performing a Macbeth soliloquy. Updated 8/11


October 2023
The full cast of Macbeth has been announced. Updated 31/10

A clip of David Tennant speaking about his upcoming Macbeth role at Donmar Warehouse during his panel New York Comic Con today has been posted online. Updated 13/10


July 2023
Variety interview with David Tennant about Good Omens Series Two (including a minor spoiler), Doctor Who and Macbeth. Updated 28/7


May 2023
All tickets to see David Tennant in Macbeth at the Donmar Warehouse (from Friday 8th December) sold out in less than one hour. Updated 16/5

Tickets to see David Tennant in Macbeth at the Donmar Warehouse (from Friday 8th December) go on sale to the general public at 9am today.

David Tennant to play Macbeth at the Donmar Warehouse

David Tennant to play Macbeth at the Donmar Warehouse in a run for 10 weeks from Friday 8th December (until Saturday 10th February).
Tickets go on sale to the public from 9am on Tuesday 16th May and midday that day on the phone.
Tickets are £69, £48 and £25. Preview prices (8th to 12th December) are £64, £43 and £25.
The performance times are:
Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm
Tuesday 2nd January a matinee at 2.30pm
Thursday matinees (on 4th, 11th and 25th January, plus 8th February) at 2.30pm
Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
There will be no performances between Sunday 24th December 2023 and Monday 1st January 2024.
A new photo of David was released to promote the production. Updated 5/5


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