Macbeth
Horror

Barbican

Macbeth

05 Oct 2017 - 08 Oct 2017

£16.00 - £50.00

Pro reviewers rating
5 reviews

3.6 out of 5.0
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0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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The first Yukio Ninagawa production to travel overseas just over 30 years ago, Macbeth started a mutual international love affair. Transposing the action to a 16th-century samurai world, his staging of Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy unfolds in war-torn Japan. To celebrate the work of the late director, his company reprises 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.

Moving through a series of breathtaking images, its total effect is the stuff of theatre history.

Ages 14+

Performed in Japanese with English surtitles

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Barbican [Off West End]

“Retains its power to astonish and enthral... Among the powerful performances, Masachika Ichimura’s Macbeth is a huge presence.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Ninagawa’s gift for painterly spectacle is accompanied by a sadness at mankind’s folly and impermanence... Extraordinary.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“The beauty carries a quality of intense tragic loss... Sumptuous... A miracle of thematic enrichment and revealed universality.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Rich and heavy with ritualised performance... beautiful... gorgeous... Shrieking so shrill it’s hard not to recoil.”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“This is the bard shouting Japanese in a cherry blossom haze. Go for the spectacle, the gorgeousness... but brace for tedium too.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

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