Slovensko narodno gledališče Nova Gorica
Žan Perko, Nejc Cijan Garlatti, Lovro Zafred; photo SNG Nova Gorica/Peter Uhan

William Shakespeare


Macbeth, 1606

A tragedy of parvenu desire

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duration 2 hours without interval



13. December 2018, SNG Nova Gorica, Main Stage

about text

As the fearless commander Macbeth is returning from a successfully fought war, he chances upon mysterious witches, who in sparse words predict a stunning future for him. Immediately after, he receives the news of an honour awarded to him by the king as gratitude for his heroism; this award fulfils the first prophecy on his way to the throne. Although Macbeth has killed countless people as a soldier, the thought of the bloody insidious act which would help him achieve the augured position causes him fear and doubt. His wife, however, is firm and demands Macbeth be a man and fulfil his (and her) wish. But the murder of the king is just the first in the series of brutalities that will hence mar their life.

In the tragedy Macbeth, the world is fully plunged into darkness and evil: the play begins with the end of a war and it ends with a new war, in the meantime, a series of crimes destroys the adversaries of the couple as well as the couple themselves, as they’re increasingly haunted by inner distress, horrifying visions and insomniac delusions. Even nature itself is depicted as a dark landscape of bloodthirsty animal fights, storms and thunders; it’s populated with fantastic creatures that appear (perhaps differently than in the times of legalised witch hunts) as projections of hidden impulses in the mysterious landscapes of the human psyche.  

Shakespeare's masterpiece, in the new translation by Srečko Fišer, will be directed by Janusz Kica, who has created a number of extremely accomplished and resonant performances at the SNG Nova Gorica, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ondine, which similarly thematise cruelty in personal relationships and its reflection in the fantasy world. With the current decision to stage one of the most radical presentations of evil in western literature, the key understanding is that Macbeth is a masterfully written play of intimate confrontation with the horror of one’s own actions; for that reason many interpreters emphasise that the spectator has an easier time identifying with Macbeth than with other Shakespeare’s heroes.


other notes

* Included is a fragment of Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom by P. I. Tchaikovsky performed by the USSR Ministry Of Culture Chamber Choir.

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  • 13. 12. 2018 at 20.00. SNG Nova Gorica
  • 14. 12. 2018 at 20.00. SNG Nova Gorica
  • 19. 12. 2018 at 20.00. SNG Nova Gorica
  • 04. 01. 2019 at 20.00. SNG Nova Gorica
  • 05. 01. 2019 at 20.00. SNG Nova Gorica
  • 10. 01. 2019 at 20.00. SNG Nova Gorica
  • canceled
  • 25. 02. 2019 at 20.00. SNG Nova Gorica
  • 07. 03. 2019 at 11.00. SNG Nova Gorica
  • 12. 03. 2019 at 19.30. SNG Drama Ljubljana
  • 23. 03. 2019 at 19.30. SLG Celje
  • canceled
  • 28. 03. 2019 at 11.00. SNG Nova Gorica
  • canceled
  • 28. 03. 2019 at 20.00. SNG Nova Gorica
  • canceled
  • 05. 05. 2019 at 19.30. SLG Celje
  • 06. 06. 2019 at 20.00. SNG Nova Gorica