Scene from Macbeth

Scene from Macbeth

This production of Macbeth was staged at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1958 with Albert Finney as Macbeth and June Brown as Lady Macbeth. The director, Bernard Hepton, chose to focus on the supernatural side of the play. The witches were present on the stage for much of the play, and one of them became the Third Murderer.

The Birmingham Rep was founded in 1913 by Barry Jackson and quickly established a reputation for staging new and foreign work and for giving opportunities to young directors. In the 1920s, Jackson caused a sensation by producing Shakespeare plays in modern dress, something we now take for granted. Albert Finney was just one of the young actors employed by Jackson who went on to become a star. Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson appeared there and from the next generation, Paul Eddington and Derek Jacobi.