Presented by Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with Thelma Holt, Saitama Arts Foundation and HoriPro Inc. Co-produced by The Japan Foundation



Friday 13 - Saturday 14 October 2017 Download Calendar

The Lyric


NINAGAWA Macbeth was first seen in the UK at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1985 and subsequently as part of International 87 at the National Theatre in London.

Transposing the action to a 16th-century samurai world, this staging of Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy unfolds in war-torn Japan. Moving through a series of breathtaking images, its total effect is the stuff of theatre history.

The critics were unanimous in their praise:

“In my whole theatregoing lifetime I have never seen a production as achingly beautiful as Yukio Ninagawa’s Macbeth.” – Michael Billington, The Guardian

“I shall remember it as long as I live” – John Peter, The Sunday Times

The production’s international reputation was re-confirmed after performances in New York:

“We hear Shakespeare and we see NINAGAWA Macbeth a theatrical experience that is doubly enriching.” – Mel Gussow, The New York Times

The production came to be recognised as an epoch-making piece and Ninagawa himself as a world-class director. It was revived, exactly as it had been originally staged, in Japan in 2015 and now returns to the UK for this brief visit. The celebrated leading actor Masachika Ichimura plays the title role and he is joined by Yuko Tanaka as Lady Macbeth with a company of Japanese actors who worked with Ninagawa throughout his career.

Ninagawa always relished bringing his work to Plymouth, and it is fitting that these final performances of this iconic production should be seen here.

Performed in Japanese with English surtitles.

By William Shakespeare
Translated by Yushi Odashima
Directed by Yukio Ninagawa

Age guidance: 14+

Run time: 3 hrs approx

Co-produced by The Japan Foundation
The Japan Foundation

Theatre Royal Plymouth gratefully acknowledges the support of the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
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Pricing & Concessions

Price band A: £25
Price band B: £22
Price band E: £14 (restricted view)

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Under 16s, Student, Unwaged, Young Company, Corporate Members:
£10 off A & B

Over 60s, Disabled, People’s Company:
£4 off A & B

Half price tickets on A & B

Groups of 10+:
£2.50 off per ticket A & B

Groups of 20+:
£3.50 off per ticket A & B plus 1 complimentary organiser ticket

Groups of 40+:
£4.50 off per ticket A & B plus 1 complimentary organiser ticket

School groups of 10+:
£10 tickets A & B