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duration 2:05
premiere 10 Jun 2012


Macbeth, Shakespeare’s shortest and bloodiest tragedy, premiered during the 2012 Holland Festival. Director Johan Simons (Hollandia, ZT Hollandia, NTGent, and as of 2010 intendant of the Munich Kammerspiele) sees Macbeth (played by Fedja van Huêt) as a study in violence. Not a psychological study, but a genetic one. Violence does not come from without, but is part of the human make-up.

Simons: 'Where does the story take place? Obviously not in a fairytale landscape, more likely a shooting range. It is an experiment. A conscious choice for evil, for true bloodlust, lying deep inside all of us, genetically predetermined.'


This drama is one of the great tragedy themed plays by William Shakespeare. The themes illustrated in the play include ambition, fate, deception and treachery. Three witches  decide to confront the great Scottish general Macbeth on his victorious return from a war between Scotland and Norway. The Scottish king, Duncan, decides that he will confer the title of the traitorous Cawdor on the heroic Macbeth. Macbeth, and another General called Banquo, happen upon the three witches. The witches predict that he will one day become king.

He decides that he will murder Duncan. Macbeth's wife agrees to his plan. He then murders Duncan assisted by his wife who smears the blood of Duncan on the daggers of the sleeping guards. A nobleman called Macduff discovers the body. Macbeth kills the guards insisting that their daggers smeared with Duncan's blood are proof that they committed the murder. The crown passes to Macbeth. More murders ensue and the bloodied ghost of Banquo appears to Macbeth. Lady Macbeth's conscience now begins to torture her and she imagines that she can see her hands covered with blood. She commits suicide. Macduff kills Macbeth and becomes king.

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Anthony Bockheim 2012-08-16 01:50
Well done. I had a very rewarding time and you only scared three people away from the front row. You put on an intense and stark show. I enjoyed it very much but can only give you 4/5 because I dislike microphones (especially for Shakespeare). I depart your city soon with a great memory of your performance.

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