O proper stuff! This is the very painting of your fear: This is the air-drawn dagger which, you said, Led you to Duncan. O, these flaws and starts, Impostors to true fear, would well become A woman’s story at a winter’s fire, Authorized by her grandam. Shame itself! Why do you make such faces? When all’s done, You look but on a stool.
– Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Act III, sc. 4
Kenneth Branagh & Alex Kingston as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Park Avenue Armory, 2014. Photo: Stephanie Berger.
This is pretty clearly a different Macbeth. It is indeed played to the crowd; given the long, two-sided configuration, there are about sixty front-row seats. That puts some three hundred patrons in the first five rows, close enough to see the sweat and smell the mud. There is also some body-checking when the lusty hero returns from the field and “takes” his lady, more or less in the lap of the patron in A 14.