A Rare Glimpse at Orson Welles’ ‘Voodoo Macbeth’

January 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Here’s a four-minute clip of Orson Welles’ 1936 production of “Macbeth,” which he set in 19th-century Haiti. The production, staged with an all-black cast, was held at the Lafayette Theatre by the Federal Theater Project’s Negro Unit. It opened on April 14, 1936. More than 10,000 people crowded the street outside the theater on Seventh Avenue, near 131st Street, for 10 blocks, snarling traffic for hours.

Enjoy.
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