Project Description

Macbeth (Toronto) [Poster]

Macbeth (Toronto)

Engaged by Melinda Howard & Kevmar Productions as Production Supervisor for Broadway-bound production of Macbeth from March 8 to March 20th, 1988 for 16 performances at the O’Keefe Centre, Toronto prior to a Boston & New Haven tour as part of its transfer to the Mark Hellinger Theater in New York for a 12-week run.

Produced by Barry & Fran Weissler and Garth Drabinsky (at the time, owner of Cineplex Odeon movie theater chain). Associate Produced by Melinda Howard

Directed by Robin Phillips (but didn’t want his name on the program). Originally Directed by Kenneth Frankel. Later Directed by Zoe Caldwell. Set Designed by Daphne Dare.

Starring Glenda Jackson and Christopher Plummer.

The tour began in Baltimore. In Pittsburgh, the cast were performing the discarded Frankel production at night (internally referred to as Macbeth I) while rehearsing the new Phillips production by day (referred to as Macbeth II) .

With a Toronto box office record of $1 million in advance sales, often involving two-hour lineups, around a quarter of a million dollars in new physical staging of sets and costumes were implemented between Pittsburgh and mainly in Toronto.

Zoe Caldwell took over as Director in Boston at the Colonial Theater from March 22 to April 3 and the Shubert Theater in New Haven April 5-10 before a week of previews in New York. Opening night is April 21.

When three witches deliver some surprising prophecies, Macbeth hatches a plan to murder the king and claim the throne for himself. Provoked by his wife and preoccupied with greed, Macbeth begins his tragic descent into madness.