Source: Daily Telegraph
30 November 2002
There have been some surprisingly hostile reviews of Edward Hall's exciting, fast-paced production, but it strikes me as a great popular success that deserves a wide audience. Sean Bean is every inch the soldier as a Northern-accented Macbeth, and adds a thrilling stage presence to the role. It's true that he could usefully turn up the poetic intensity in the soliloquies, but he fascinatingly suggests Macbeth's innate decency before evil enters his life. Samantha Bond is in sensational form as his wife, a sexually predatory siren urging him to acts whose consequences she totally fails to understand. Exciting, imaginatively designed and full of bright ideas, this is one of the most gripping Macbeths I have seen.
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