About the film

Macbeth - Act II, Scene 2, and Act V, Scene 1 - murder and sleep-walking scene.


  • Release year - 1945
  • Director - Henry Cass
  • Production company - G.B. Instructional, Theatrecraft, Ltd.
  • Producer - Sydney Box
  • Cinematographer - Ernest Palmer
  • Composer - Ben Frankel
  • Editor - Julian Wintle
  • Sound recording - George Burgess, L. Clark
  • Musical director - Muir Mathieson
  • Performers - Wilfred Lawson (Macbeth), Cathleen Nesbitt (Lady Macbeth), Felix Aylmer (Doctor), Catherine Lacey (Gentlewoman)
  • Music played by - London Symphony Orchestra
  • Production design - Compton Bennett
  • Associate producer - Knox Laing
  • Art director - James Carter
  • Costume - Dorothy Sinclair
  • Make-up - Nell Taylor
  • Running time (minutes) - 15 mins 36 secs

Original description

Murder and sleep-walking scene

'The above excerpts* from Shakespeare have been filmed in order to enable those who have no opportunity of attending performances of Shakespearean plays in a theatre to see how the various parts are played by leading English actors and actresses.'

(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946)

*Refers also to companion piece, Macbeth.

Did you know?

  • Cathleen Nesbitt and Wilfred Lawson both appeared in Fanny by Gaslight (1944) – the second most popular film of 1944.
  • Felix Aylmer also features in the British Council film Julius Caesar (1945) as ‘Marcus Brutus’.

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