Acclaimed stage and screen actor Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight) is set to join David Tennant in Macbeth at the Donmar Warehouse.
Cush Jumbo will play Lady Macbeth alongside Tennant’s Macbeth.
Part of the Donmar’s 30th birthday celebrations, the production will be directed by Tony Award nominee Max Webster (Life of Pi), and play for 10 weeks from 8 December 2023 to 10 February 2024.
Cush Jumbo was last at the Donmar in 2012, starring as Mark Antony in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of Julius Caesar. Her last West End stage role was starring in the lead role of Hamlet at The Young Vic in 2021.
Cush and David have worked with each other before, in Channel 4 2020 TV drama Deadwater Fell, written by Daisy Coulam.
Cush’s forthcoming TV roles include thriller Criminal Record for Apple TV+ with Peter Capaldi, and thriller Balestra, produced by new Regency, about an Olympic fencer.
The production was announced by the Donmar earlier this month, with David Tennant saying that, “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.”
Max Webster said today in a statement: “I’m so thrilled that Cush Jumbo will be returning to the Donmar after her extraordinary performance as Mark Antony in the Shakespeare Trilogy to take on the role of Lady Macbeth. I first saw Cush on stage as the most brilliant Rosalind over ten years ago at the Royal Exchange in Manchester and have consistently been moved and surprised at her performances on stage and screen ever since. I think she will bring power, emotion and great humanity to this iconic role and will be absolutely electric alongside David Tennant. I can’t wait to start rehearsals.”
The creative team includes Max Webster, who was nominated for a Tony Award 2023 this month for Life of Pi, and sound design by Gareth Fry, movement direction by Shelley Maxwell, with further creatives to be announced.
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.
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