Watch the trailer for 'Macbeth, Macbeth' by Ewan Fernie and Simon Palfrey

The tragedy is done, the tyrant Macbeth dead. The time is free. But for how long? As Macduff pursues dreams of national revival, smaller lives are seeding. In the ruins of Dunsinane, the Porter tries to keep his three young boys safe from the nightmare of history. In a nunnery deep in Birnam Wood, a girl attempts to forget what she lost in war. Flitting between them, a tortured clairvoyant shakes with the knowledge of what's to come. An unprecedented collaboration between two leading Shakespeareans, Macbeth, Macbeth sparks a whole new world from the embers of Shakespeare's great tragedy.

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Macbeth, Macbeth is as close as one can come to a quantum physics literary criticism – a reading which supplements the explicit text of a classic with the dense network of its “superposed” states, unmentioned presuppositions and implications. It is an analysis totally faithful to the original and at the same time totally contemporary. A miracle, an instant classic.” –  Slavoj ŽiŽek, International Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, UK

“This is a thrilling re-imagination of Shakespeare's darkest play. The two authors have immersed themselves deep in the multifarious meanings of text and subtext and then given birth to their own terrifying creation. Visceral, florid, grotesque – the writing literally gets under the skin. Macbeth, Macbeth is unlike anything I have ever read.” –  Lucy Bailey, Theatre director, Royal Shakespeare Company

“With great wit and psychological insight, Macbeth, Macbeth pursues the fates and questions the minds of those still standing after the king falls, and in doing so shines a new, sidelong light on the original play. Shakespeare, I suspect, would have been delighted to see his work provoke such a deliriously imaginative response” –  Don Paterson, Poet and author of Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets

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