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Performed in Japanese with English surtitles.
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.
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.
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London EC2Y 8DS
Performance days & times
Thursday ‑ 7‑15pm
Friday ‑ 7‑15pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑15pm
Saturday - 2-00pm
Sunday - 2-00pm
14-25 Young Barbican members £15 no booking fee (subject to availability).
Half-price tickets for under 16s. Proof of age required on collection.
Visitors with access requirements who have joined the Access Membership scheme may be eligible for reductions on tickets.
Author: William Shakespeare, translated by Yushi Odashima
Director: Yukio Ninagawa
Production: Ninagawa Company