I saw Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston in Macbeth tonight at the Park Avenue Armory - it was absolutely breathtaking. Hands down, it was the most brilliantly staged play I have every seen. Before the play, you are assigned different clans and you enter with your clan into this massive space, dimly lit like a misty battlefield before dawn. You walk single file until you get to this arena with a pagan stone henge type structure at one end and early christian shrine under a celtic cross at the other end - the seats are steep and high on either side of this narrow stage, covered with real muddy earth. The lighting and the stage direction was absolutely spectacular.

The cast is very strong as well. Branagh was magnificent - especially after getting so used to his weary face as Wallander, it was amazing how warrior-like and vigorous he was on stage. He also lives up to his reputation with Shakespeare and then some. He speaks the words so naturally and with so little affectation that you find yourself leaning in to catch every word like the familiar lines are formed anew from his mouth. It was a privilege to see him up close (and indeed our seats were frighteningly close to the action, the blood and the rain - yes, they actually made it rain!!).

Alex Kingston was also very moving, the chemistry and bond between him and Branagh palpable every time they were on stage together. Sometimes I felt her Lady Macbeth was a bit too constructed, especially at the end in her madness - perhaps it was in comparison to the natural energy of Branagh that I felt so. But it’s a small quibble, she was actually wonderful.

Finally, I have to put a word in for Richard Coyle who joined the cast for the New York production and played Macduff. He stole every scene he was in - just utterly magnetic on stage. He was a great tone of voice for theater and I was very moved in the scene Macduff learns of his family’s fate. Macduff’s final confrontation with Macbeth was possibly one of my favorite moments of the night.

It was an unforgettable experience. Not least because we stole Frances McDormand and Joel Coen’s cab on the way back (hey whatever they were on the wrong side of the street!!).


Alex being her adorable self

please tell me where this video is!! 


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Reminder: Notes for the Alex Kingston Appreciation Project are now being accepted.


Dear all, a word please?

headmistresssonlunauniversity is going to Sunday’s performance of Macbeth. If any of you want to send a small note of appreciation to lovely Ms. Kingston, I’d request you to submit them to her.

Simple rules:

1. Preface with Dear Alex, or Dear Ms. Kingston

2. Try…

I will be there waiting for her after the show too…!~

Macbeth opening night and cast party


Ok, so I was at the opening night of Macbeth last night and it was utterly brilliant.

I was in the front row, south side (gushing email about my adoration for Alex Kingston to the event organizer paid off!), in front of Anna Wintour (!) and got a bit rained on (expected. The Wintour row did not…

going to see the live tonight!!! so excited!!!


He that’s coming must be provided for: and you shall put this night’s great business into my dispatch; Which shall to all our nights and days to come give solely sovereign sway and masterdom.

My friend met Alex Kingston at 5th AVE New York yesterday!!!! OMG! Alex Kingston is in New York!!!!!! OMG!!!! I can’t handle it!!!  IT’S TOO MUCH!!!!!! She’s playing the Scottish Play in New York!!!!!! I MUST SEE IT!!!! OMG!!!! …

(and… anyone wants to go together?)


I forgot to buy the DOCTOR WHO 50TH ANNIVERSARY 3D TICKET this morning..

is there anyone wants to sell the ticket in NYC?


where can I see this video?

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ahh i love this woman

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  • I'm in LA right now. ...I so want to visit Alex Kingston. .. I even searched where she lives.... God please let me bump into her!
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