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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    9 – 31 May

  • WARNINGS /

    This is a new work. It may contain violence, blood, and very loud noise. Check back closer to the event for further details.

Season 2020

Macbeth (This Ignorant Present)

9 – 31 May 2020

Book a Season Pass for a wealth of benefits and the best discounts.

Book season pass

Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    9 – 31 May

  • WARNINGS /

    This is a new work. It may contain violence, blood, and very loud noise. Check back closer to the event for further details.

Far from Scotland, a man tinkering in his cellar has assembled a cage-like contraption from hoarded junk, where something wicked is being stirred up. What started as a hobby evolves into a battle for domestic dominance, as the darkness of Shakespeare’s tragedy curls its fingers around the heart of a suburban family.

Two actors and a child conjure the entirety of Shakespeare’s spectacle. New York theatre legend Scott Shepherd (The Young Pope, Elevator Repair Service’s Gatz) stars as Macbeth, turning himself inside out as he devours leader, relative and onlooker. Australian Zahra Newman (Wake in Fright) co-stars as a Lady Macbeth forging a new future.

A dangerous and adrenaline-fuelling production is staged in an electrified set, every gesture made creates a ricochet of sparks. Directed by Paul Lazar (Big Dance Theater, The Wooster Group), Macbeth unites Shakespeare and some of the world’s most inventive theatre-makers to expose how alarmingly possible it is to arrive at an ignorant present.

‘ONE OF THE FEW OVATIONS FOR WHICH I HAVE UNRESERVEDLY STOOD.’

— The Independent (For Gatz)

CONCEIVED BY / Scott Shepherd from the play by William Shakespeare
DIRECTION / Paul Lazar
CAST INCLUDES / Scott Shepherd, Zahra Newman
SET DESIGN / Eric Dyer
SET & PROP ENGINEER / Joe Silovsky
MOVEMENT / Elizabeth DeMent

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

PREVIEWS 
7.30pm, Saturday 9 May
6.30pm, Monday 11 May
6.30pm, Monday 12 May

OPENING NIGHT 
7.30pm, Wednesday 13 May

TIME TO TALK 
6.30pm, Tuesday 19 May

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Co-Produced by Malthouse Theatre and ArKtype (USA)/Thomas O. Kriegsmann.
Key image: Zan Wimberley & Maria Baranova