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A co-production with Northern Stage, ETT (English Touring Theatre), Shakespeare North Playhouse and Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.

A struggling and divided nation, tearing itself apart. So, when the Macbeths see their chance at the crown, why shouldn’t they take it? 

But things don’t go according to plan. Dreams quickly turn to nightmares, humanity erodes, nature stirs. As society strives to make sense of the darkness that sits inside it, how long will it take for people to fight back against the endless cycle of violence and corruption? 

A visceral and contemporary new production that speaks to a world we find ourselves living in now and asks why has Macbeth haunted our fears and nightmares for centuries? What lesson is this cautionary tale still urgently trying to communicate to us?

Age Guidance: Mature 12+ year olds

Download the free sheet here.

Running time

2hrs 30mins (including interval)


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“One of the most unique and innovative productions of Macbeth I have seen.”
– Broadway World

Stacked with terrific performances and staged in a slick and accessible manner, the play is tense, gripping and soaked with paranoia.”
– Liverpool Echo

“Rich with the unexpected”
– The Stage

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Content Guidance

This production contains strobe lighting and other strong lighting effects, as well as loud noises.

Content guidance: Murder, infanticide, inference of child loss, stage blood and vomit, occasional loud bangs/noises, general violence and violence against women and children. 

If you or someone you know would like support concerning the themes of violence against women and children you can find help here:

Workshop for teachers

Teaching Macbeth: Witches, Blood, Bodies workshop
Wed 27 Sep, 5.30-7pm at Northern Stage

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a play of the senses – the play’s characters are haunted by visions of daggers and ghosts, the smell of blood, cries at night, and the ‘filthy air’ of Scotland’s witchy heaths. This 90-minute interactive workshop explores how to engage GCSE and A Level students with the play’s language, and relevant theatrical, literary and cultural contexts, through multi-sensory exploration. In so doing, it invites you to examine how Shakespeare draws on ideas of home and family, real-life witch trials, and ‘true crime’ murder cases, to create what Thomas De Quincey called the ‘peculiar awfulness’ of Macbeth.

This workshop is primarily aimed at GCSE and A Level English Literature teachers, but is open to all (including Drama teachers and teachers of years 7-9), delivered by BBC Radio 4 New Generation Thinker and Newcastle University Lecturer Dr Emma Whipday.

There will be snacks and drinks provided. People can book for the show separately if they want to attend afterwards.

To book a place on this workshop, please contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151 or email

There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available


There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.


We have a Changing Places toilet in the Stage 1 lobby and accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.  Gender neutral toilets are situated in the Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.


Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L).


One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.


To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at or by visiting our Box Office in person.


Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here.


Stage 1: Seats are 43 cm wide, 41cm deep, with 46cm between arm rests. The aisleway is 51cm deep from the seat back. Arm rests cannot be removed.

Stage 2: Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.

Our seats are rated to British Standards at installation and are guaranteed to hold up to 110kg.

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