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Great Performances: Macbeth

Airs Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Sir Patrick Stewart in the title role looks on at his wife, Lady Macbeth, pla...

Credit: Manuel Harlan/Illuminations TV -WNET.ORG

Above: Sir Patrick Stewart in the title role looks on at his wife, Lady Macbeth, played by Kate Fleetwood, after she commits her terrible deed in the Great Performances production of "Macbeth."

Following a London West End run in December 2007, a sold-out limited engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2008, and a subsequent eight-week run on Broadway, director Rupert Goold’s gripping stage production of "Macbeth" was filmed for television at the end of 2009.

The co-production between WNET.ORG and Illuminations Television, in association with the BBC, stars Sir Patrick Stewart in his triumphant, Tony-nominated performance as the ambitious general, and Tony-nominated Kate Fleetwood as his coldly scheming wife. The production, though retaining the Goold’s exciting concept of relocating the bloody action to a nameless 20th-century militaristic society, has been rethought in vivid filmic terms.

Trailer: Great Performances: Macbeth

PBS will air "Great Performances: Macbeth" starring Sir Patrick Stewart October 6, 2010.

Paula Zahn interviews Sir Patrick Stewart about "Macbeth"

American journalist Paula Zahn interviews Sir Patrick Stewart on his role in "Great Performances: Macbeth." PBS will air "Macbeth" starring Sir Patrick Stewart October 6, 2010.

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