Macbeth

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Barbican Centre
Silk Street, West End, Greater London EC2Y 8DS
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Shakespeare's story of the clansman Macbeth driven to murder and advancement by his wife.

In this radical take on the seminal opera, combining bold visuals with a reconstructed score sung by a South African ensemble, Brett Bailey sets his Macbeth in a troubled, post-colonial Africa. Refugee performers, fleeing from conflict within Congo, encounter a trunk containing sheet music and gramophone recordings of Verdi's Macbeth. Inspired by the composer's musical adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy, they retell the story from their own perspective - a conflict-ravaged, exploited homeland where a warlord and his wife seize power of a province and militia fight to the death over mineral resources. Running time: 1hr 40mins/no interval