2007: Macbeth

dir.Grzegorz Jarzyna
  • Director

    Grzegorz Jarzyna

  • Dramaturgy

    Agnieszka Tuszyńska

  • Premiere

    May 19, 2005, Waryński Hall, Kolejowa Street, Warsaw

  • Duration

    1h 30 min (no intermission)

Attention!

The performance includes some nudity.

About the performance

Based on William Shakspeare’s “Macbeth”

The story in “Macbeth” is presented as a form of a nightmare. (…) As a mechanism, it
fascinates by its very terror and inevitability. A nightmare paralyses and terrifies. In Macbeth
the story, as well as the crime, is portrayed through personal experiences. The crime is a
decision, a choice, committed at one’s own account and, definitely, with one’s own hands.
The story in „Macbeth” is unclear, the way some nightmares are. And just like in a nightmare,
everyone becomes enveloped by it. (…) One wades through nightmare, which gradually rises
up to one’s throat. “I am in blood. Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more, returning
were as tedious as go o’er”  
Jan Kott, “Macbeth, or Death-Infected”

Cast

Aleksandra
Konieczna

Danuta
Stenka

Małgorzata
Hajewska-Krzysztofik

Jacek
Poniedziałek

Roman
Garncarczyk

Waldemar
Kownacki

Michał
Żurawski

Eryk
Lubos

Christian
Emany

Janusz
Chabior

Guest performance

Hubert
Zduniak

Guest performance

Tomasz
Karolak

Guest performance

Piotr
Rogucki

Creators

adaptation and direction: Grzegorz Jarzyna

translation: Stanisław Barańczak

dramaturgy: Agnieszka Tuszyńska

set and costume design: Stephanie Nelson, Agnieszka Zawadowska

music: Abel Korzeniowski, Jacek Grudzień, Piotr Domiński

 

lighting design: Jacqueline Sobiszewski

video: Neurotic Group

projections: Bartek Macias

fight choreography: Michał Stanisławski, Mirosław Okniński

illusionist effects: Maciej Pol

pyrotechnic effects: Piotr Krzyczmonik

Production

director’s assistant: Paweł Kulka

scenographer’s assistant: Olga Mokrzycka

Gallery

photos: Stefan Okołowicz

Reviews

  • “The production shocks with a vision of the world where a war against terrorism turns into a war that a human fights against him/herself. Pity that army generals don’t read Shakespeare”

    Roman Pawłowski, Gazeta Wyborcza
  • “The scale of the set – resembling a 3-floor urban fortress in Beirut or Baghdad – is so impressive that, in many ways, Grzegorz Jarzyna’s production ceases to be live theatre, and becomes a kind of IMAX installation experience.”

    Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
  • “Such liberal take on the interpretation makes for a vividly contemporary Macbeth. In Jarzyna’s hands, Macbeth’s themes of power and corrupted ambition become even more prominent.”

    Neil Cooper, The Herald Scotland

Awards:

  • Distinction

    Distinction in the competition organized by the Theatrum Gedanense Foundation for the best adaptation of Shakespeare’s dramas in Poland in 2004/05 season

Tours

Lowland Hall, Edinburgh International Festival, Szkocja (11-18.08.2012)
St. Ann’s Warehouse, Nowy Jork (17-23.06, 25-29.06.2008)

TV version of the performance

See the TV version of “2007: Macbeth” on Ninateka.pl (produced by the National Visual Institute, 2006).

2007: Macbeth on Ninateka

Patrons