by William Shakespeare
Ninagawa Company

5 - 8 October 2017 / 19:15, 14:00

As the first Ninagawa production to travel overseas just over 30 years ago, the Ďachingly beautifulí Macbeth became Ďan overnight legendí (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 Shakespeareís 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 textís 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.

3 hours/including an interval

Age guidance 14+

Performed in Japanese with English surtitles

Fri 6 Oct, 5pm
The Pit
Pre-show talk with
UK Producer Thelma Holt,
RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran
and Masachika Ichimura who plays Macbeth
Free, booking required
Book tickets here

This event is part of:

Supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation


Presented by the Barbican in association with Thelma Holt, Saitama Arts Foundation and HoriPro Inc

Co-produced by Japan Foundation


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