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