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James McAvoy to play Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios

James McAvoy in Atonement

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BAFTA winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is to star in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Jamie Lloyd’s inaugural production in a season of work for Trafalgar Transformed.

The first in a season of politically-charged power plays, Macbeth runs at Trafalgar Studios from February 19 (previews from February 9) to April 27, 2013.

Jamie Lloyd’s production will see Shakespeare’s darkest tale play out in a dystopian Scotland brutalised by war. Under a toxic fog, Macbeth begins his tormented struggle for power fuelled by ambition and paranoia.

Speaking about Trafalgar Transformed, Director, Jamie Lloyd said:

“I am thrilled to announce the first production for Trafalgar Transformed – a season of politically-charged power plays on the doorstep of Whitehall, accompanied by a festival of platform events, discussions and readings. We hope to welcome new and diverse audiences to the West End and I am very excited to engage with schools and other groups via a series of bespoke workshops and masterclasses.”

And Howard Panter, ATG’s Joint CEO and Creative Director said:

“We are delighted that, as part of our partnership with Jamie Lloyd Productions, ATG is to welcome James McAvoy in the role of Macbeth. As the first production in Jamie Lloyd’s season of work for Trafalgar Transformed, we are thrilled that this bold production of the Scottish play will blast the roof off Trafalgar Studios, bringing an electric energy to this theatre. It’s a great pleasure to be starting on this exciting journey with Jamie Lloyd, a truly talented director.”

James McAvoy last appeared on stage in 2009 in Three Days of Rain (Apollo Theatre), which was also directed by Jamie Lloyd. For his peformance, he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor. His other stage credits include Breathing Corpses (Royal Court Theatre), Privates on Parade (Donmar Warehouse) and Out in the Open (Hampstead Theatre).

His film credits include X-Men: First Class, The Conspirator, Gnomeo and Juliet, The Last Station, Wanted, Atonement (London Film Critics’ Circle Award, Empire Film Award, Richard Attenborough Film Award, BAFTA nomination, Golden Globe nomination), Becoming Jane, Starter for Ten, The Last King of Scotland (BAFTA Scotland Award, BAFTA nomination, London Film Critics’ Circle nomination), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Bright Young Things.

McAvoy, who in 2006 won the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award, can next be seen in Danny Boyle’s Trance, Welcome to the Punch, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Filth (all in 2013), and X-Men: Days of Future Past (in 2014).

On television, he has appeared in Shameless, Macbeth, Early Doors and State of Play.

From 2008 to 2011, Jamie Lloyd was Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse, where his credits include Inadmissible Evidence, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Passion (Evening Standard Award for Best Musical), Polar Bears and Piaf (also at the Vaudeville Theatre, Teatro Liceo, Buenos Aires and Nuevo Teatro Alcala, Madrid).

As well as Three Days of Rain, his credits elsewhere include The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic), She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre), The Faith Machine and The Pride (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement) (Royal Court Theatre), The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick Theatre), The Lover and The Collection (Comedy Theatre), Elegies: a Song Cycle (Arts Theatre), The School for Scandal (Theatre Royal, Bath) and The Caretaker (Sheffield Crucible and Tricycle Theatre).

Design for Jamie Lloyd’s season is by Soutra Gilmour, who won the 2012 Evening Standard Award for Best Design for Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by Lloyd, and Antigone at the National Theatre. Further casting will be announced shortly.

Tickets: £10 – £54.50.

All tickets will be £15 on Mondays. Half of these will be made available through a special outreach scheme led by Ambassador Theatre Group Creative Learning Department, targeted towards schools and first-time theatregoers. The other half will be released monthly to the public on the first day of each month, starting on February 1, 2013, and will be available online or at Trafalgar Studios box office. Additionally, day seats will be available at £10 for all performances, Tuesday through Saturday.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm, Press Night (February 19) at 7pm.

For more information visit the Official Website.