David Tennant to play Macbeth at the Donmar Warehouse

Also Lynn Nottage’s play Clyde’s gets its European premiere, directed by Lynette Linton

The Donmar Warehouse has announced that actor David Tennant will star as Macbeth as part of the Donmar’s 30th birthday celebrations.

Directed by Max Webster (Life of Pi), Macbeth will run for 10 weeks from 8 December 2023 to 10 February 2024.

Tennant said in a press statement that, “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.”

Tennant has played a number of Shakespeare’s great roles on stage including Richard II and Hamlet, and played Macbeth for the first time last year for a BBC Radio 2 broadcast.

In November Tennant will return to his most famous screen role, playing the Doctor in BBC drama Doctor Who.

Tennant last appeared on the West End stage at the end of 2022, starring in CP Taylor’s GOOD at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Michael Longhurst, the Donmar Warehouse’s outgoing Artistic Director, said he was “excited to witness David Tennant’s portrayal of Macbeth, in what will be an unmissable production directed by Max Webster.”

The creative team also includes sound design by Gareth Fry and movement direction by Shelley Maxwell, with further creatives to be announced.

Max Webster was nominated for a Tony Award 2023 this week, for his direction of hit West End – and now Broadway – play Life of Pi.

Other shows announced today for the Donmar’s 30th Anniversary season include the European premiere of Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage’s play Clyde’s, directed by Lynette Linton, which runs from 13 October to 2 December 2023.

The creative team will also include design by Frankie Bradshaw, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, sound design by George Dennis, movement direction by Kane Husbands, and music composition by Duramaney Kamara.

Longhurst said about Clyde’s that, “we have the European première of Lynn Nottage’s hilarious and uplifting Clyde’s directed by Lynette Linton, fresh from her Critics’ Circle Best Director win. Clyde’s follows their astonishing production of Sweat staged at the Donmar, and the West End, in 2018 and 2019.”

Lynn Nottage has another production currently running in London, with The Secret Life of Bees playing at the Almeida Theatre until 27 May 2023/

Also the Donmar’s production of Shakespeare’s Henry V, which will will tour schools in London directed by Dadiow Lin, with Michael Longhurst saying, “We are also proud to share an adapted version of our last Shakespeare production Henry V with young people in Camden and Westminster in our next Schools’ tour, created by artists from our training programme. With the continued cuts to schools’ arts provision, touring productions like this are essential, to help nurture the next generation of audiences and theatre makers. Finally I am delighted to have Mufaro Makubiko and Hannah Shury-Smith under commission, thanks to our Theatre Royal Haymarket Writers Award.”

Currently playing at the Donmar is Noël Coward’s Private Lives until 27 May 2023, followed by Jack Thorne’s When Winston Went To War With The Wireless from 2 June 2023.

Other productions of Macbeth announced this month include a major new revival starring Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma, coming to four site-specific warehouses in four cities, including London.

More about tickets to Macbeth starring David Tennant at the Donmar Warehouse in London

More about tickets to Clyde’s at the Donmar Warehouse in London

📷 Main photo: David Tennant as Macbeth. Photo by Charlie Gray

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