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This is the great (1978) Royal Shakespeare Company production directed by Trevor Nunn, with a thrillingly brilliant performance by McKellen in the title role, and also featuring an unforgettable performance by Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth. It's as close as I've ever seen anyone come to a definitive production of the play. And, needless to say, I can't recommend it highly enough to any admirer of Shakespeare or Mr. McKellen (or Ms. Dench).
As an interesting side-note, Laurence Olivier did a legendary stage 'Macbeth' as well, but his by-all-accounts magnificent performance (listed by countless critics, theatre historians, and fellow actors as one of his very finest) is sadly lost to the ages because Olivier was unable raise the requisite funding to make a once-planned film version of it. Hard to believe, eh, with all the mediocre and mindless cinema that HAS been funded over the years?!
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I love how McKellen finds creative ways to speak Shakespearean lines and make them sound more natural and compelling than what I hear in my mind when I simply read the plays. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Margaret Anderson
Ian McKellen is the best Shakespearian actor ever. His readings on this CD are magicalPublished 6 months ago by L. Hornak
And we have fun watching.
Ian McKellen is a one man show with minimalist back ground on stage. Read more
I was lucky enough to see this live when I was a teenager, and did not know it was available on DVD. It's a wonderful one-man show by a true living legend.Published 16 months ago by S. Ferguson
Saw on PBS so many years ago,and when saw it available here,had to buy it on Prime Instant.Sir Ian is perfect with his "Master Class" on the different plays. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ellen
Anyone who teaches Shakespeare, whether it is "Romeo and Juliet" (can't do italics here, so have to use quotes), Julius Caesar, MacBeth, Hamlet, etc., should watch this. Read morePublished 18 months ago by R. S. Harris