Video 04: Macbeth - Creative Film

What is it?

This year the British Council has commissioned a series of films using Shakespeare's works as inspiration as part of Shakespeare Lives 2016; an unprecedented global programme celebrating William Shakespeare’s work and his influence on culture, education and society on the 400th anniversary of his death.

The fourth film in our series of contemporary re-imaginings of Shakespeare's work is an adaptation of Act I Scene V from Macbeth that combines both live action and manga. Filled with imagery of death and destruction, it documents the plotting Lady Macbeth’s powerful soliloquy after reading a letter from her husband about his meeting with the three witches.

The film is directed by David Wilson of Colonel Blimp and stars Vicky McClure (known for her role in the This is England film series) as Lady Macbeth.

Find out more about the Shakespeare 2016 celebrations on

You will be able to find all current and future Shakespeare Lives videos on the specific playlist on our UK YouTube channel.