Macbeth (Macbettu)


Ritual, rites and rhythms rooted in Sardinian culture lend primal, elemental energy to this all-male version of Shakespeare's play - about a man whose efforts to be king make no sense.
Macbeth (Macbettu) at Barbican Theatre

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Overview


Genre: Shakespeare
Venue: Barbican Theatre
Starts: Wednesday 20 May 2020
Closes: Saturday 23 May 2020
Running time:1 hr 30 mins
Age suitability: 12+

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Background


Note: this show contains nudity.


Performed in Sardinian with English surtitles.


Synopsis


Ritual, rites and rhythms rooted in Sardinian culture lend primal, elemental energy to this all-male version of Shakespeare's play - about a man whose efforts to be king make no sense.


Gibbering, spitting and spinning, the weird sisters emerge, whipping up a cloud of ash in their wake.


Their appearance heralds more shadowy scenes speaking of dark ambition and disintegration including a banquet where grain is crumbled and scattered.


Later the sight of men in local cork masks moving to the sound of ringing cowbells foretells of defeat in a symbolic enactment of Birnam Wood arriving in Dunsinane.


Director Alessandro Serra draws on the guttural tone of the Sardinian language, props sourced from rural markets and family totems to transpose Macbeth to Barbagia, a pastoral region from where his grandparents hail.


Radiating with stylised movement and powerful voices, his production feeds the supernatural elements of the original, layering them with materials, sounds and gestures to flawlessly transform a Shakespearean classic.


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Dates


Previews from:Wednesday 20 May 2020

Closes:Saturday 23 May 2020

Performance days & times


Evening:

Wednesday ‑ 7‑45pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑45pm

Friday ‑ 7‑45pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑45pm


Matinee:
-

Tickets


Standard:
£16 - £35

Concessions:

Under 16

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Performed in Sardinian with English surtitles

Cast


Fulvio Accogli

Andrea Bartolomeo

Leonardo Capuano

Giovanni Carroni

Andrea Carroni

Maurizio Giordo

Stefano Mereu

Felice Montervino


Creatives


Author: Giovanni Carroni (Translation)
Composer: Marcellino Garau
Director: Alessandro Serra
Set designer: Alessandro Serra
Costume designer: Alessandro Serra
Lighting: Alessandro Serra
Movement: Chiara Michelini
Production: Sardegna Teatro and Compagnia Teatropersona

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