“I myself have put on Macbeth three times, but I think this was slightly sharper.”
Ingmar Bergman, when Artistic Director at the Royal Dramatic Theatre
-Peace! the charm’s wound up.
by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Benoît Malmberg
A selection of musical pieces by the Renaissance master composer Josquin des Prez constitute the foundation of Romeo & Julia Kören’s adaptation of Macbeth.
The renaissance period music creates a framework for Shakespeare’s writings and highlights the selected scenes. This mix of fragmented dialogue and suggestive soundscape consolidates the murky character of the play.
Romeo & Julia Kören’s 70 minute performance captures the essence of this well known play about human vanity and megalomania and portrays a Macbeth who moves through time and space, and in between senses and insanities.
The play’s final battle – the conquest of the castle and the death of the titular hero – is staged as a stylized battle performed to the grandiose choral composition ”La Guerre” by Clément Janequin.
Romeo & Julia Kören’s Macbeth premiered in 1997 and has since then been performed at Shakespeare festivals in Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Denmark.
In Sweden it has been performed at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, Gothenburg City Theatre, Helsingborg Theatre and Kalmar Castle. In June 2019 Romeo & Julia Kören will tour in China with this production.
Shakespeare’s dialogue is performed in english and all songs in their original language.
- Adapted and Directed by Benoît Malmberg
- Music by Clément Janequin and Joaquin des Prez
- Costumes byBarbro Hellsing and the costume department of the Royal Dramatic Theatre
Macbeth is breathtakingly beautiful
(Barometern-OT, Kalmar Castle in Sweden)
Victor Hugo once said, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent”; this repeatedly holds true for this performance. The Swedes enrich the festival with a small but sparkling jewel of a performance that proves equally enchanting for the eyes and the ears.
(ngz-online-Shakespeare Festival Neuss)
And we, the audience, are left with a feeling of disappointment that it lasted for such a short amount of time.
(Makbet zabija piesn, Gdansk Shakespeare Festival)
…something to be spell- bound by. What a good idea! What a fascinating way to tell a story!
(Kulturnytt, The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm)