Jeremy Paxman is to trade broadcasting for acting in an upcoming London production.
The former Newsnight host will appear as the head juror in Trial of Macbeth, a one-off event from the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
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Christopher Eccleston stars as Macbeth, while Haydn Gwynne will play Lady Macbeth.
The courtroom drama will focus on the case of whether Macbeth murdered King Duncan. Witness statements will be written by Jonathan Myerson.
SSF creative director Dominic Fitch said that the QCs "won't reveal their lines of questioning until the night - just like a real trial".