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Image: Kirsty Besterman (Lady Macbeth) and Michael Nardone (Macbeth). Credit Richard Hubert Smith

Rehearsal images released for the National Theatre's UK and Ireland tour of Macbeth

Rehearsal images have been released for the National Theatre’s upcoming tour of Macbeth.

Following its sold-out London run the National Theatre’s epic and visually daring production opens at The Lowry, Salford on Sat 29 September and runs until Sat 6 October.

The 19-strong touring ensemble is Kirsty Besterman (Lady Macbeth), Joseph Brown (Malcolm), Elizabeth Chan (Witch), Nisa Cole (Fleance), Reuben Johnson (Doctor), Helen Katamba (Murderer), Tom Mannion (Duncan & Siward), Brad Morrison (Murderer), Michael Nardone (Macbeth), Hauk Pattison (Murderer), Evelyn Roberts (Witch & Boy), James Robinson (Lennox), Patrick Robinson (Banquo), Duncan Ross (Ensemble), Rachel Sanders (Ross), Olivia Sweeney (Witch & Gentlewoman), Deka Walmsley (Porter), Ross Waiton (Macduff), and Lisa Zahra (Lady Macduff).

Sleep no more…The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are thrust towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Directed by NT Artistic Director Rufus Norris (Cabaret, London Road) and designed by Rae Smith (War Horse, This House) this new production propels Shakespeare’s classic title into a post-apocalyptic world of anarchy and uncertainty.

Michael Nardone played Frisky in BBC One’s Emmy Award-winning series ‘The Night Manager’. His work on stage includes the Duke of Cornwall in ‘King Lear’ at the National Theatre directed by Sam Mendes; and the title role in ‘Peribanez’ at the Young Vic directed by Rufus Norris. On television he has also appeared as Jonas in BBC One’s ‘Rellik’; as DCI Whiteside in BBC Scotland’s ‘River City’ and as Mascius in HBO’s ‘Rome’.

Alongside appearances in ‘Genesis Inc.’ at Hampstead Theatre, ‘They Drink It in The Congo’ at the Almeida Theatre, and BBC One’s ‘Father Brown’, Kirsty Besterman’s credits include Diana in ‘Tipping the Velvet’ at the Lyric Hammersmith, and Lady Croom in the UK tour of ‘Arcadia’.

Set design by Rae Smith, associate set design by Aaron Marsden, costume design by Moritz Junge, tour lighting design by Paul Pyant, associate tour lighting design by Ed Locke, tour movement direction by Cydney Uffindell-Phillips, music by Orlando Gough and Marc Tritschler, sound design by Paul Arditti, associate sound design by Mike Winship, and fight direction by Kev McCurdy. The associate director is Liz Stevenson.

Macbeth is produced on tour by the NT, creators of ‘War Horse’ and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’.

Macbeth on tour in partnership with Lloyds Bank Private Banking. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s cross-border touring programme, The Thompson Family Charitable Trust and The Royal National Theatre Foundation.

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