First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995 to great critical acclaim, ‘Berkoff’s Macbeth’ is a powerful, chilling interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy which, while remaining faithful to the text, reveals Steven Berkoff’s highly original genius.
His dynamic Thane is complemented by Linda Marlowe’s icy, calculating Lady Macbeth, Samuel West’s impassioned Macduff, Timothy Walker’s outraged Malcolm and Cleo Laine’s sublimely sinister witches. Together with Mark Glentworth’s evocative music, they create an atmosphere of high dramatic tension which has all the immediacy of film, bringing out the dramatic subtleties, the magic, the madness and the horror of Shakespeare’s play, ‘Berkoff’s Macbeth’ is a production that will be remembered for its vigour, energy and emotional power.
“A terrific production” The Times
“Cleo Laine is marvellous…a highly enjoyable production” The Stage
“Unlike any other production of ‘the Scottish play’ you’ve ever heard. Cleo Laine cooks up a storm… Mark Glentworth’s score is an ear-opener” Daily Mail
“A gripping production…Berkoff’s soliloquies as Macbeth were terrifying” Sunday Telegraph