James McAvoy Will Be Macbeth for Trafalgar Studios; Jamie Lloyd Directs
By Andrew Gans
BAFTA-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actor James McAvoy ("The Last King of Scotland," "Atonement," "X-Men") will star in William Shakespeare's Macbeth, as part of Jamie Lloyd’s inaugural season of work for Trafalgar Transformed at the U.K.'s Trafalgar Studios.
Performances are scheduled for Feb. 9-April 27, 2013, with an official opening Feb. 19.
Design for Jamie Lloyd's season is by Soutra Gilmour. Further casting will be announced shortly.
Lloyd’s production, according to press notes, will see "Shakespeare’s darkest tale play out in a dystopian Scotland brutalised by war. Under a toxic fog, Macbeth begins his tormented struggle for power fuelled by ambition and paranoia."
Director Lloyd said in a statement, "I am thrilled to announce the first production for Trafalgar Transformed - a season of politically-charged power plays on the doorstep of Whitehall, accompanied by a festival of platform events, discussions and readings. We hope to welcome new and diverse audiences to the West End and I am very excited to engage with schools and other groups via a series of bespoke workshops and masterclasses."
James McAvoy was last on stage in 2009 in Three Days of Rain (Olivier Award nomination) at the Apollo Theatre directed by Jamie Lloyd. Other stage credits include Breathing Corpses at the Royal Court, Privates on Parade at the Donmar Warehouse and Out in the Open at Hampstead Theatre. McAvoy can next be seen in Danny Boyle’s "Trance," "Welcome to the Punch," "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," "Filth" (2013) and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (2014). His film credits include "X-Men: First Class," "The Conspirator," "Gnomeo and Juliet," "The Last Station," "Wanted," "Atonement (London Film Critics Circle Award, Empire Film Award, Richard Attenborough Film Award, BAFTA nomination, Golden Globe nomination)," "Becoming Jane," "Starter for Ten," "The Last King of Scotland" (BAFTA Scotland Award, BAFTA nomination, London Film Critics Circle nomination), "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and "Bright Young Things." In 2006 he won the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award. McAvoy’s television credits include "Shameless," "Macbeth," "Early Doors" and "State of Play."
Jamie Lloyd Productions is a partnership with Jamie Lloyd and Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG).
All tickets will be £15 on Mondays. Half of these will be made available through a special outreach scheme, targeted towards schools and first-time theatregoers. The other half will be released monthly to the public on the first day of each month, starting Feb. 1, 2013, and will be available online or at Trafalgar Studios box office.
For more information call 0844 871 7632 or visit www.macbethwestend.com.
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