Internationally-acclaimed director Michael Attenborough injects life into Macbeth at QPAC’s Playhouse stage.

Queensland Theatre Company and Michael Attenborough are presenting Shakespeare’s thrilling tragedy, Macbeth, at the QPAC’s Playhouse until April 13.

Macbeth, widely taught in high school English curriculums, has been labelled as the original Game of Thrones.

The show marks an Australian debut for Attenborough, whose work on similar productions at Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company earned him international accolades.

“It’s is about as dark a play as exists in the English language,” says Attenborough.

“Macbeth, in possession of a gorgeously bruised and vivid imagination, goes on a roller coaster journey that takes him to the very edge of sanity.”

Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) received state government funding for the production through the Super Star Fund, and Minister for the Arts Ian Walker says the government has been delighted to support.

The cast, the largest of QTC’s in the past 10 years, features some of Australia’s leading names, including Jason Klarwein as Macbeth, Veronica Neave as Lady Macbeth and Andrew Buchanan.

11 of the 16 cast members are playing multiple roles, in what will be a challenging but exciting season for QTC.

Catch Macbeth at QPAC from March 27 to April 13. Ticket prices begin at $33.