Filming Metatheatre in Gregory Doran’s Macbeth: Refracting Theatrical Crises at the Turn of the Century

  • Víctor Huertas Martín Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia


This article contends that Gregory Doran’s production of Macbeth (2001) was, when translated to television, transformed into a metaplay. Although various previous analyses of Shakespeare’s Macbeth have explored its metatheatricality, this artistic concept has not been tackled with respect to this production in particular. In this work I am examining Doran’s laying bare of the film’s theatrical apparatus as well as its refractions of the crises occurring at the Royal Shakespeare Company while the film and the stage production were in process. I will address the status of the main characters as players in a theatricalized microcosm, explore the film’s backstage-onstage dynamics and discuss how the production’s visual meanings illuminate the company’s institutional crisis at the turn of the century.Keywords: Gregory Doran; Macbeth; Royal Shakespeare Company; metatheatre; backstage-onstage; ensemble

Author Biography

Víctor Huertas Martín, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
Víctor Huertas Martín received his PhD in Literature at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia in 2017. His dissertation topic dealt with John Wyver’s TV productions of Shakespeare’s plays recorded between 2001 and 2012. He has published several papers on reflexivity andintertextuality in recent television Shakespeare films. At present, he works as an Assistant Lecturer at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia.


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