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.
1 hour 30 mins, no interval
Age guidance 12+ (contains nudity. More Information)
Performed in Sardinian with English surtitles
Presented by the Barbican. Produced by Sardegna Teatro and Compagnia Teatropersona with Fondazione Pinuccio Sciola and Cedac Circuito Regionale Sardegna. Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute in London.
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The Barbican Theatre is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
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Spaces for wheelchair users in the rear of the Stalls (four) and row B of the upper circle (four), both with companion seats. Row B is reached via a platform lift, and staff will be happy to help you. Seats in the back row of the Stalls are suitable for people with limited mobility.
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