Filming Locations: Where was Macbeth Filmed?

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Here's a look at some of the stunning locations of the highly-anticipated new adaptation of Macbeth. William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is timeless, no matter how much time goes by since it was written. It will be always there to remind us of the consequences of the lust for power and destructive ambition.

The Australian director Justin Kurzel is in charge of a production led by the Hollywood stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Elizabeth Debicki. The quality of this film is backed by the enthusiastic reception that it got at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where Macbeth was competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or.

The play is set in Scotland (as the Mac prefix to family names suggests), and filming took place there and also in England:

Ely cathedral
We start in Ely (England), with this shot inside the bright and spacious cathedral’s Lady Chapel...
Image by Diliff


Macbeth Filming Locations
...transformed into a dark ceremonial hall.
Image courtesy of StudioCanal


Where was Macbeth filmed
Don't miss out on the chance to visit this magnificent monument in Cambridgeshire. If you like medieval architecture, you'll soon appreciate why this is a truly unique, out-of-series building.
Image by Cloud-cuckoo-land


Michael Fassbender scene in the cathedral
These Romanesque arches are the perfect background for the scenes taking place in a room of the castle. You can find this space in a corner close to the main facade, inside the South-West transept.
Image courtesy of StudioCanal


Macbeth Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral has been a filming location for many major productions, like the new TV series The Crown, the movies Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The King's Speech, and even the science-fiction film Jupiter Ascending.
Image by Andrew Macpherson


Religious people with sun rays entering the church
Image courtesy of StudioCanal


Macbeth Castle
Bamburgh Castle, halfway between Edinburgh and Newcastle, is featured as Macbeth’s castle.
Image courtesy of StudioCanal


The Beach in Northumberland
A crew of around 200 extras was used for the sequences filmed along the beautiful Northumberland coastline.
Image by Llewellyn Jenkins


Bamburgh Castle
Also some scenes were filmed inside the grounds of the castle, and all of them during the hard and windy winter characteristic of this region. Image courtesy of StudioCanal


Shooting locations in Inverness Scotland
The lands around Hankley Common in Elstead (Surrey) were used to set a small village, intended to be Inverness in Scotland. Image courtesy of StudioCanal


Hankley Common
Pictured, the set in Hankley Common. Here it was also built the James Bond full-scale family house in Skyfall.
Image by Morgan Masters


Quiraing mountan range
We move to Scotland: to the world class scenery and wilderness of the Quiraing, in the Island of Skye. The production was filmed here on the cloudy February of 2014. Image by Michael Ebner


All the knights in the mist
At least it seems that this time we won't see the massive standing stone of The Old Man of Storr again, that has been used as a background in many other films in the last years, like Prometheus.
Image courtesy of StudioCanal


Skye Landscape
Following this link you can find a comprehensive route through the island of Skye, one of the most beautiful landscapes that you can visit in Europe. Image by Eduard Garcia

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2 comments

  1. Macduff meeting Malcolm was filmed near Vindalanda in Northumberland, I was an extra (English soldier)

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  2. Thanks a lot for your comment!

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