Last chance to catch Macbeth at the Barbican

Christopher Eccleston stars as the Scottish king in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s modern spectacle – and you have until 18 January to go along.

If you want to see more culture in 2019, there’s no better way to start than catching Christopher Eccleston in his RSC debut as Macbeth. The psychological thriller has been given a contemporary twist and sees the former Doctor Who play the blood-spattered, throne-hungry thane, driven to the brink by his murderous ways.

The play has an immersive feel, and even during the interval, the figure of the porter lingers on the stage, reminding the audience of the characters’ dark mental states. A word must also go to the genuinely spooky witches played by three young kids who energetically lug the set around – cackling, running and laughing all the while.

If you struggled with Shakespearian language at school, we can promise that the energetic battle scenes, humour and passionate performances from characters such as Lady Macbeth (Niamh Cussack) will keep you entertained.

Too dark for you? The RSC is at the Barbican for its annual residency – look out for Romeo & Juliet until 19 January 2019.

For more, visit the Barbican Centre website