21 Jul — 27 Sep 2014
Sydney Theatre$50 - $119
“…We have Weaving, who has found the role of his career. And he has done so with Williams, who should now be confirmed as a major directing talent. Together their vision is often startling but always shows the play full respect. It’s a thrilling combination.” The Guardian
Sydney Theatre Company and UBS present
By William Shakespeare
A dark prophecy triggers Shakespeare's gory tragedy that charts the rise, rise and fall of a political couple whose wayward moral compass takes them in a deadly direction.
Fasten your seat belts for another towering performance from Hugo Weaving as he wrestles with one of Shakespeare's most complex protagonists. A man whose opportunism o'er-shadows his humanity, whose ambition destroys its prize.
Continuing his keen-eyed interpretation of classic texts, director Kip Williams (Under Milk Wood, Romeo and Juliet) delivers a sharp reworking on a reinvented stage.
In Alice Babidge's extraordinary design, the vast Sydney Theatre will be turned inside out into a dark, intimate venue, seating the audience onstage with a strictly limited capacity, promising a haunting new experience. The auditorium is the backdrop to the action, the arrangement places the audience up close and personal to the performers as the story plays out.
To bring this vision to life, a temporary seating bank has been built on the stage, and the seats are different to the regular seats in Sydney Theatre. They are more like what you might expect at an outdoor cinema or sporting venue. Ticket-holders should dress for comfort.
As The Australian describes: “The social and political world is also reflected in the unusual staging. Director Kip Williams and designer Alice Babidge cram a reduced audience on to the stage of the Sydney Theatre, with a large playing space on the floor of the stalls and the vast auditorium looming behind. The emptiness of all those serried rows of seats, in the context of this story, is chilling. They become the setting for several scenes of exile."
This is Macbeth like you have never seen it before. Patrons in possession of tickets to this sold out production should come expecting a memorable theatre experience. Due to the non-conventional staging design and close proximity between the audience and performers, latecomers will not be able to enter the theatre after the performance has commenced.
“There’s nothing more thrilling than seeing a group of excellent actors giving their absolute all — these actors really do give their absolute all — in a production worthy of their efforts.” Daily Review
Duration: 2 hours (no interval)
Warning: contains theatrical haze and strobe lighting
Latecomers: Latecomers will not be able to enter the theatre after the performance has commenced. To avoid disappointment, we strongly encourage ticket holders to allow a little extra leeway for any potential transport or parking delays when planning your journey.
Production Patrons: David and Claire Paradice
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