ER star Alex in return to Dukes

Alex Kingston in The Country Wife

Alex Kingston in The Country Wife

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Star actress Alex Kingston, who once trod the boards at The Dukes in Lancaster, returns there this Saturday - but not in person.

The ER and Moll Flanders star plays Lady Macbeth opposite Kenneth Branagh in a production of the Shakespeare tragedy which will be beamed live from Manchester International Festival.

She appeared in The Dukes production of The Country Wife in 1989 – seven years before she got her big break on UK TV when she won the title role in The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders.

Then, in 1997, she landed a major role in the American hit TV series, ER, which made her a worldwide star. More recently, she starred as River Song in Doctor Who.

Macbeth is the first production from the Manchester International Festival to be screened at cinemas nationwide including The Dukes.

It also sees Branagh in his first Shakespeare performance in more than a decade as this tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.

Tickets from the box office on 01524 598500 or www.dukes-lancaster.org