David Tennant is to star in 'Macbeth' on BBC Radio 4.

David Tennant to play Macbeth for BBC Radio 4

David Tennant to play Macbeth for BBC Radio 4

The 50-year-old actor - who is known for having starred as The Doctor in sci-fi series 'Doctor Who' as between 2005 and 2010 - will now take on the in the title role of William Shakespeare's play in the upcoming radio adaptation.

Alison Hindell, Radio 4 Commissioning Editor for Drama and Fiction, said in a statement: “'Macbeth' is a part of great significance for any actor, but particularly so for Scottish players. As David Tennant makes a welcome return to Radio 4 audio drama we look forward to this performance with great anticipation."

The classic tragedy - which was originally performed in 1606 - tells the story of Scottish army general Macbeth who is encouraged by his wife to kill King Duncan in order to take the throne.

David will be joined in the production - which is often referred to as simply 'The Scottish Play', owing to a superstition in the acting world that stems from an a fatal stabbing which occurred during a fight scene in the play back in the 17th century - by BAFTA-winner Daniela Nardini, who takes on the role of his scheming wife.

The play marks a return to Shakespeare for 'Des' actor, who has previously tacked the title role of 'Hamlet' for the National Theatre and back in 2011 starred in a major London production of 'Much Ado About Nothing' with former 'Doctor Who' companion and sketch show legend Catherine Tate,.

Part one of Radio 4’s Macbeth will air on Saturday 23 April and coincides with the date Shakespeare’s birthday is traditionally celebrated.

The broadcast also precedes the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare's First Folio, which will be marked in 2023.

'Macbeth' will air on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April at 3pm- Radio 4 and will stream on BBC Sounds.