National Theatre Live published several rehearsal photos of their upcoming broadcast of Shakespeare’s Macbeth starring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston on their Tumblr this morning. The production, directed by Rob Ashford, will take place in a deconsecrated church as part of the 2013 Manchester International Festival, and will be broadcast to cinemas around the world on July 20.
Macbeth marks Branagh’s return to Shakespeare after a decade-long hiatus. In that time, he’s starred in the BBC crime drama Wallander and as Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn. Branagh may step further into Olivier’s shoes as director of the National Theatre. He has expressed interest in running a theatre, and could take over the National when current director Nicholas Hytner steps down in 2015. If Branagh were to do so, he would be the first actor-manager of the theatre company since the early 1970s.
This production of Macbeth will feature two other BBC fan favorites. Alex Kingston, best known as Doctor Who’s River Song, will star alongside Branagh as Lady Macbeth and Alexander Vlahos of Merlin fame will play Malcolm.
NT Live plans to release production images from Macbeth on their Tumblr every day until July 20. Check out NT Live’s website for more information on the production and where you can see the live broadcast.