Kenneth Branagh stars in MacBeth

National Theatre of London production debuts at SIFF

The National Theatre of London returns to Sedona on Monday, Oct. 21, when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of “Macbeth” — starring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston. Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.

The National Theatre of London returns to Sedona on Monday, Oct. 21, when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of “Macbeth” — starring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston. Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.

The National Theatre of London returns to Sedona on Monday, Oct. 21 when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of "Macbeth" - a brand new production of William Shakespeare's celebrated play. There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival's Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

National Theatre Live will broadcast Manchester International Festival's production of Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn, Hamlet) as Macbeth, and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER) as Lady Macbeth.

Directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, this electrifying new production of Shakespeare's tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.

Kenneth Branagh returns to the stage for his first Shakespearean role in over a decade. He has garnered international acclaim as a writer, director and actor across the disciplines of stage, film and television, and he has been nominated in five different categories for an Academy Award.

Branagh last performed Shakespeare when he played Richard III at the Sheffield Crucible in 2002; his recent stage performances include the title roles in David Mamet's Edmond at the National Theatre and Ivanov for the Donmar Warehouse. In 2011, he completed a sell-out run of the hit comedy The Painkiller at the Lyric Theatre in his native Belfast.

Alex Kingston won critical acclaim for her numerous television roles including Dr. Elizabeth Corday in ER and River Song in Doctor Who. A former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear and Love's Labours Lost amongst others, Kingston was recently seen on the London stage in Luise Miller at the Donmar Warehouse. In 2006 she played Nurse Ratched in the West End production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Christian Slater.

The production is garnering four- and five-star reviews from every major publication in London.

"Macbeth" will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, Oct. 21, at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

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