Macbeth

Macbeth

As the first Ninagawa production to travel overseas just over 30 years ago, the ‘achingly beautiful’ Macbeth became ‘an overnight legend’ (Independent), introducing UK audiences to the Japanese director and starting a mutual international love affair.

Overview

Transposing the action to a 16th-century samurai world, his staging of Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy unfolds in war-torn Japan. Moving through a series of breathtaking images, its total effect is the stuff of theatre history.

To celebrate the work of the late Yukio Ninagawa, whose Shakespearean interpretations are regarded as experiences of a lifetime, his company reprise this epoch-making production. Faithful to the text’s depiction of honour and revenge, yet rich in symbolism, it blurs the divide between the sacred and secular. Masachika Ichimura and Yuko Tanaka, stars in Japan of stage and screen respectively, lead the cast of this revival.

Age guidance 14+

Performed in Japanese with English surtitles

Critic reviews

A play we were used to seeing staged in Stygian gloom suddenly became a thing of wonder and beauty.

The Guardian

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 5 Oct - Sun 8 Oct, 2pm & 7.15pm
Runtime: 3 hrs

Venue

Silk Street EC2Y 8DS London, UK · Get Directions
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