Doctor Who star Alex Kingston will join Kenneth Branagh to play that famously bewitched couple the Macbeths.
The actors, who cut their theatrical teeth at the Royal Shakespeare Company, will lead the Manchester International Festival production of Macbeth, which will be performed in a deconsecrated church in the city centre, from July 5 for just a two-week run — though there will be a one-off live broadcast on July 20.
Alex often returns to the stage — she was in Michael Grandage’s production of Luisa Miller at the Donmar two years ago — but hasn’t been back to the Bard since playing Desdemona at the Birmingham Rep two decades ago.
DOCTOR WHO star Matt Smith and sidekick Karen Gillan are planning to team up again … in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Inverness-born Karen - who plays the Time Lord’s companion Amy Pond - wants to land the role of the doomed king’s infamous wife.
And Matt jumped at the chance of joining her on stage.
Karen, 23, said: “I want to be Lady Macbeth, it’s a role I have always wanted to play.”
Matt, 28, added: “And I want to be Macbeth, so let’s do that. I’d quite like to do a play.”
The pair have starred in the smash hit BBC sci-fi show since last year.
Karen is to make her West End debut in October in John Osborne’s play Inadmissible Evidence.
The pair would be following in the footsteps of former Tardis team David Tennant and Catherine Tate, who are appearing in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.