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Death of a Queen

Synopsis
A mini-series based on Macbeth in which the character of King Duncan is transformed into the Rain Queen, the sister of Macbeth (Prince Matlatladiane). When Prince Matlatladiane returns victorious with Mugudo, his right-hand man and friend, from negotiations to ensure the preservation of the kingdom, he encounters three witchdoctors who address him as the future King of Mapungubwe. They also proclaim that Mugudo’s progeny will one-day rule. Matlatladiane dismisses the thought outright. For the prophesy to come to pass, history will have to be turned on its head and his own younger sister, the Rain Queen, will have to die.
Series
Shakespeare in Mzansi
Language
Mzansi
Country
South Africa
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
2008 at 20:30 (Channel: SABC1)
Duration
30 mins
Availability
No distributor or archive copy found (9/2008).

Credits

Director
Pieter Grobbelaar
Cinematographer
Rory O’Grady
Writer
Marina Bekker
Music
Francois Bezuidenhoudt
Production Design
Ilse vd Merwe
Costume
Natalie Lundon
Art Direction
Nkuhlu Ntshudisane
Cast
Putla SehlapeloMaloro Lerothodi (Macbeth)
Reshoketswe SebotsaneGrace Lerothodi (Lady Macbeth)
David MelloMugudo (Banquo)
Buti MorakeRaranthsa (Witch)
Ntseng KwediPuno
Selaelo MarakaRain Queen (King Duncan)

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
gender representation; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The language spoken is Mzansi - a fusion of Sesetho, Setswana, English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu.
History
The six-part series was broadcast July 29-September 2nd 2008.

Production Company

Name

Mud Hut Productions

Sponsor

Name

South African Broadcasting Corporation

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