ShakespeaRe-Told (2005– )
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A chef and his restaurant-hostess wife resort to murder to take ownership of a high-class Glaswegian restaurant.


Mark Brozel




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Joe Macbeth
Keeley Hawes ... Ella Macbeth
Joseph Millson ... Billy Banquo
Vincent Regan ... Duncan Docherty
Richard Armitage ... Peter Macduff
Philip Whitchurch ... Harry Gibby
Richard Ridings ... Maurice
Ralph Ineson ... Barry
Charles Abomeli ... Andy
Toby Kebbell ... Malcolm
Gregory Chisholm Gregory Chisholm ... Jonny Boy
Barry Ward ... Roddy
Packy Lee ... Heaney
Matthew Dunphy Matthew Dunphy ... Doyle
Clive Brunt ... DCI Varley


In a modern retelling of William Shakespeare's "Scottish play," three strange garbage collectors make a glorious prediction for head chef Joe Macbeth's future. With his wife Ella goading him on, Macbeth makes plans to take ownership of the high-class Glaswegian restaurant where they are both employed. The first step: murder owner and celebrity-chef Duncan... Written by L. Hamre

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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14 November 2005 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The line spoken by Harry Gibby, the health inspector - "...the sins of a bloke what has made me work for my pound of flesh..." - is a reference to another play by William Shakespeare, 'The Merchant of Venice'. See more »


Duncan: In another life, I'd make a pass at you.
Ella Macbeth: In another life, I'd let you.
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Version of Macbeth (1971) See more »


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Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector
Performed by James McAvoy
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Absolutely stunning contemporary adaptation of Macbeth!
1 December 2005 | by s_l_p_bSee all my reviews

The idea of setting Macbeth in a the kitchen of a top restaurant is inspired. Those places are kingdoms in miniature with some star chef taking all the glory and doling out all the pain.

James McAvoy plays Joe Macbeth in an utterly mesmerising performance as a the driven, passionate sous-chef put who is taken for granted by the chef and restaurant-owner Duncan - a suave, Irish rogue played by Vince Regan oozing charm and bonhomie.( Think Oliver Reed before he climbed into a bottle.)

Ella Macbeth is the restaurant's hostess with the mostest. Keely Hawes' natural innocence and cool beauty are perfect: is she really capable of what Lady Macbeth does..?..In a stunning scene where she whispers poison in her ear, turning Mcavoy to fury and the hot passion - she certainly seduced me.

The whole film is beautifully lit and the director has done a fantastic job making the very best of the enclosed nocturnal world of the kitchen - harsh contrasts of bright light in the kitchen and almost darkness in the restaurant with muted, and then more and more pervasive splashes of red.

This is what bringing Shakespeare to life is all about. It works perfectly as dark, modern fable if you know nothing of the original - and it pays huge dividends if you know the original. The updating of 'Banquo's ghost ' is brilliant!

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