8 May, 2.30pm
, 9 May, 7.30pm, 10 May 2.30pm,
21 New Globe Walk
London SE1 9DT
Tickets: £5 - £35
Box office: 0207 401 9919
Raves and binges lighten the nights in Maja Kleczewska’s Dunsinane, in this glitzy production of Macbeth which echoes the films of David Lynch and Pedro Almodovar. Transvestites, addicts and track-suited gangsters wander the corridors and teeter on the brink of sanity.
The Kochanowski Theatre is situated in Opole, once home of the great theatrical visionary Jerzy Grotowski. Following Biuro Podróży and the Song of the Goat at the National Theatre and Barbican respectively, Kleczewska’s pop culture interpretation will continue a growing tradition of Polish Macbeths in London.
Named after the sixteenth-century Polish poet Jan Kochanowski, the theatre is the third largest in Poland (after Warsaw and Łodz). It is famous in Poland for hosting one of the country’s biggest theatre festivals – the annual Opole Theatre Prize.
Artistic Director Tomasz Konin is a graduate of Warsaw’s National Theatre School. He is a prolific director of theatre and opera. He directed the Polish premiere of Rossini’s Journey to Reims, and he was awarded the Golden Mask of Łodz for his production of Adriana Lecouvreuer in 2004. He was previously Albert Vilar Fellow at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He directed Verdi’s opera Macbeth at the Grand Theatre, Łodz. He was appointed Artistic Director of the Kochanowski in 2007.
Macbeth will be performed in Polish language. Polish is a Lechitic subgroup of West Slavic languages in Central Europe and the official language of Poland. Its written standard is the Polish alphabet which corresponds to the Latin alphabet with several additions. Polish speakers use the language in a uniform manner throughout most of Poland. Despite the pressure of non-Polish administrations in Poland, who have often attempted to suppress the Polish language, a rich literature has developed over the centuries, and the language is currently the largest in terms of speakers of the West Slavic group. It is also the second most widely spoken Slavic language, after Russian. There are roughly 15 to 20 million people of Polish ancestry living outside Poland, making the Polish diaspora one of the largest in the world.
Globe to Globe - For the first time, 37 international companies present all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 37 different languages in a kaleidoscopic, six week festival at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, starting on Shakespeare’s birthday. An opening weekend of celebrations also includes an adaptation of Venus and Adonis by the Isango Ensemble from South Africa, a public open day at the Globe to celebrate Shakespeare and the worlds’ languages, and Ngākau Toa’s Troilus and Cressida beginning the festival with a haka. Globe to Globe is part of the World Shakespeare Festival and the Cultural Olympiad 2012.
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