Critics' reviews for James McAvoy's Macbeth start to trickle in
Last night was press night for James McAvoy's Macbeth - I saw it quiet early in preview and it still had some work to do so I've been curious about how it would evolve and what the critics would think.
Will add more reviews as they come in - some critics were obviously up late last night others have opted for a lie-in.
Charles Spencer, The Telegraph ****
Thinks it packs a "powerful punch", commends McAvoy and Claire Foy (Lady Macbeth) but thinks it would benefit from a shorter running time
Paul Taylor, The Independent ****
Also commends McAvoy's "natural performance" and comments: "The idea that his world contracts into a kind of hellish solipsism is thrillingly conveyed here..." His only grumble is that he felt it was a tad over the top for his taste.
Libby Purves, The Times (£) ****
Describes it as "riveting" but warns: "McAvoy gives it all that Shakespeare offers, and redeems my earlier doubts. Yes, he is a Macbeth worth seeing, though one that is not for the fainthearted."