Based onMacbeth
by William Shakespeare
Written byAnthony Squire
Directed byGeorge Schaefer
Music byRichard Addinsell
ProducersPhil C. Samuel
George Schaefer
CinematographyF. A. Young
EditorRalph Kemplen
Original release
ReleaseNovember 20, 1960 (1960-11-20)

Macbeth is a 1960 television film adaptation of the William Shakespeare play presented as the November 20, 1960 episode of the American anthology series Hallmark Hall of Fame. The series' second production of the play was, like the 1954 live telecast, also directed by George Schaefer, and again starred English-born American actor Maurice Evans and Australian actress Judith Anderson. The supporting cast, however, was different, consisting entirely of British actors, and was filmed on location in Scotland; the 1954 version had used a mostly American cast.


Filmed in color, the program was described in a contemporary publication as the "[m]ost expensive TV show of all time, costing $1,200,000."[1]

Internationally, this version was treated as a feature film, and was released theatrically in Europe. It was entered into the 11th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

This television film won five Primetime Emmy Awards at the 13th annual award ceremony, held in 1961.

Principal cast

Primetime Emmy Awards

At the 13th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, the top show of the night was the NBC anthology Hallmark Hall of Fame for this production of Macbeth. It won in all of its nominated categories, tying the record (since broken) of five major awards.

See also


  1. ^ Abbott, Peter (December 1960). "What's New on the East Coast". TV Radio Mirror. 55 (1): 8. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  2. ^ " Awards for Macbeth". Retrieved January 23, 2010.