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Macbeth


Transposing the action to a 16th-century samurai world, this 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.
Macbeth at Barbican Theatre

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Overview


Genre: Shakespeare - tragedy

Director:
Yukio Ninagawa

Author:
William Shakespeare, translated by Yushi Odashima

Production:
Ninagawa Company

Running time: 3 hrs 00 mins

Age suitability:
14+

Background


Performed in Japanese with English surtitles.

Synopsis


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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Postal address:
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS

Box office tel: 020 7638 8891

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Dates


Previews from:Thursday 5 October 2017

Closes:Sunday 8 October 2017

Performance days & times


Evening:

Thursday ‑ 7‑15pm

Friday ‑ 7‑15pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑15pm


Intervals:1

Matinee:

Saturday - 2-00pm

Sunday - 2-00pm


Intervals:1

Tickets


Standard:
£16 - £50

Concessions:

Young Barbican

14-25 Young Barbican members £15 no booking fee (subject to availability).


Under 16

Half-price tickets for under 16s. Proof of age required on collection.


Access

Visitors with access requirements who have joined the Access Membership scheme may be eligible for reductions on tickets.


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Cast


Includes:


Masachika Ichimura

Yuko Tanaka


Creatives


Director: Yukio Ninagawa

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