Festival Theatre is set to host the UK premiere of Macbeth, the big-screen adaptation filmed on the Isle of Skye last year.
Starring Hollywood actors Michael Fassbender as Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, the film has already received high praise from critics. Both stars will be in Edinburgh for the unveiling of Macbeth on 27 September, ahead of its release on 2 October.
Household names, Fassbender is known for many films including 12 Years a Slave, Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class and Cotillard received critical acclaim for Two Days, One Night and her Oscar-winning performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. Fellow stars Paddy Considine and David Thewlis, and the film’s Australian director Justin Kurzel, are also confirmed for the Edinburgh event.
The UK premiere has been organised by VisitScotland with StudioCanal, the film’s distributors. The Festival Theatre has been used for red-carpet galas of the Edinburgh International Film Festival in recent years, including The Legend of Barney Thomson, Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut, this summer, and the European premiere of the Disney-Pixar animated feature Brave in 2012.
Macbeth is released just weeks ahead of Terence Davies’ Sunset Song, both eagerly-anticipated Scottish films coming out this year.
The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a theatre and a performing arts venue with performances of opera and ballet, large-scale musical events, and touring groups. It is one of the largest Edinburgh theatres, seating 1,915 since its renovation in 1994.
Sunset Song (1932) by Scottish writer Lewis Grassic Gibbon tells the story of Chris Guthrie as she grows up in a farming family. The novel is set in the early 20th century in the fictional Estate of Kinraddie in The Mearns, north east Scotland. Sunset Song is widely regarded as one of the most important Scottish novels of the 20th century. It is the first part of a trilogy A Scots Quair, and was made into a television series in 1971 by BBC Scotland.