Macbeth at Barbican Centre


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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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Barbican Centre

Silk Street
+44 (0)20 7638 8891
Public transport:
Tube: Moorgate/Barbican Train: Liverpool Street

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