In his second Shakespeare production for Granada Television, Michael Bogdanov skillfully avoids with Macbeth the traps of both televised and modern-dress Shakespeare productions. Despite his previous tenure with the Royal National Theatre, his Macbeth does not have the "stagey" feel of the BBC productions and other televised Shakespeare. At the same time, his "update" abstains from the gimmicks or self-conscious anachronisms of more obviously clever directors. Since he broke with the London/Oxbridge establishment in 1986 to set up the English Shakespeare Company, Michael Bogdanov has been dedicated to creating Shakespeare productions that are fresh, immediate, and real. And the Scottish tragedy has been his favorite ambassador.
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