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Macbett

Synopsis
Video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the RSC’s production of Ionesco’s play directed by Silviu Purcarete and adapted by Tanya Ronder. David Troughton is Macbett. Two generals, Macbett and Banco put down a rebellion. In payment for their heroic service, Archduke Duncan promises them land, titles and cash but he reneges on the deal. Encouraged by the seductive Lady Duncan, Macbett plots to assassinate the Archduke and crown himself King.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
2007
Duration
170 (including interval).

Credits

Director
Silviu Purcarete
Writer
Eugene Ionesco; Tanya Ronder
Music
Vasile Sirli
Production Design
Helmut Sturmer
Costume
Lia Mantoc
Cast
David TroughtonMacbett (Macbeth)
Derbhle CrottyLady Duncan (Lady Macbeth)
Thane BettanyMalcol (Malcolm)
Sean KearnsBanco (Banquo)
Brian DohertyOfficer
Emmanuel Ighodaro1st sick man
Frances AshmanMaid
Jason Nwoga3rd soldier
Joel TrillBat boy
Jude AkuwudikeGlamiss
Mark TheodoreWounded soldier
Mojisola Adebayo2nd sick man
Patrick O’KaneDuncan (King Duncan)
Pauline HuttonServing girl
Richard Atwill1st soldier
Ryan Gage2nd soldier
Sam CoxCandor
Sarah MalinPassing woman

Additional Details

Theatre
Swan Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Ionesco, Eugene (1912-1994)

Notes

History
The play was in repertoire in the Swan Theatre from 25th May-21 June 2007.
Reviews
Michael Billington. The Guardian (June 18 2007). "Ionesco’s Macbett, first staged in 1972, offers little more than a quirky, parodic footnote that represents the last gasp of Theatre of the Absurd".

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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