On Shakespeare anniversary weekend, Richard Armitage in Macbeth (1999-2000)

Richard Armitage while in the U.S. on the RSC Macbeth tour, June 2000. The photo was known before this, but I saw it here first.

Richard Armitage while in the U.S. on the RSC Macbeth tour, June 2000. The photo was known to fans before this posting, where I saw it first. The complete picture is archived here.

There’s an excellent documentation of the details around this production — which I assume took Richard Armitage to Japan for the first time, to find himself approached at the stage door for signatures on Star Wars items — at Richard Armitage Online. I don’t have any additional information.

Richard Armitage in Macbeth.

Richard Armitage in Macbeth. Carrying a sword.

However, what I find myself thinking every time I rewatch Armitage’s scenes from this film is how energetic he is. He’s a background character but the thrill of acting seems to burst out of him. His voice is higher than normal, and the filming style contributes to the feeling, at times, that he just can’t hold still.

~ by Servetus on April 24, 2016.

3 Responses to “On Shakespeare anniversary weekend, Richard Armitage in Macbeth (1999-2000)”

  1. Ah brilliant! thanks a mill for this little gem, i hadn’t seen it! In fact i’ve never heard him utter Shakespeare bar that sonnet in the love poems collection.
    So articulate and clear even with the breathless excitement of that moment.
    Sigh, just as i was trying to come down from the high of that very same play. Saw it today, sadly in a video recording of a live performance only and it was one of those near perfect ones, a performance i always wanted to see and this delivered. This looks a bit similar in concept. I want more! 🙂 wish there was more 🙂

    • I think you can probably still see that Macbeth on DVD (I bought a copy a few years ago), but he only has one other speech in it — although he’s in the background of a lot of scenes.

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