Playwright: William Shakespeare
Translator: Raghuvir Sahay
Director: Vyomesh Shukla
Group: Roopvani, Varanasi
Duration: 2 hrs
Returning victorious from the battle, Macbeth and Banquo meet three witches on the way who prophecy that Macbeth would be the next king. Captain delivers the news of victory to Duncan. Duncan announces Macbeth as the Chief of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth receives Macbeth’s letter. Macbeth returns home and informs her of Duncan’s arrival. Lady Macbeth decides to kill Duncan. Duncan’s arrival. Lady Macbeth welcomes and arranges a feast. Conspiracy in Macbeth’s chamber. Macbeth meets Banquo and his son at midnight. Macbeth prepares to kill Duncan. King Duncan is murdered. Commotion in Macbeth’s palace. The news of Duncan’s murder spreads. Macbeth orders that Banquo be killed. Banquo is murdered. His son escapes. Banquo’s ghost appears. Macbeth loses sanity and is taken to the hospital. Macbeth goes to meet the witches. They encourage him but warn him to stay away from Macduff. Malcolm prepares to fight against Macbeth. A soldier spots Birnam wood advancing towards Dunsinane. Macbeth’s monologue. The news of Lady Macbeth’s suicide. Macduff follows Macbeth. The last fight and the end of Macbeth.
We have dealt with Shakespeare as we would deal with an Indian playwright. We did not have any pre-conceived notion to encounter this work of the great English writer. We decided to use the Chhand style as we had earlier used in the poetry of classics like Kamayani, Ram Ki Shakti Puja, Rashmirathi, Panchratram and Chitrakoot. We have made an effort to perform this play with the fusion of three dance forms i.e. Chau, Bharatnatyam and Kathak, incorporating the essence of Banaras and its landscape as the backdrop.
Born on 25 June 1980 in Banaras, Vyomesh Shukla is a poet, critic and theatre director. He spent his childhood in Banaras and completed his education (M.A.) also from Banaras. He started professional writing in 2004 and theatre direction in 2012. Besides poetry, he has written critical essays, and time and again delved in cultural journalism. He has directed Kamayani, Ram Ki Shakti Puja, Rashmirathi, Panchratram, Chitrakoot and Barnam Van. He has also directed a tribal folklore Bansin Kanya based on the evolution of bamboo, with around 250 artists, for Madhya Pradesh government. Vyomesh is a recipient of Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Award from Sangeet Natak Akademi, and his productions have been staged nationally and internationally.
William Shakespeare was a renowned English poet, playwright, and actor born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. He died in 1616. Shakespeare was a prolific writer during the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages of British theatre (sometimes called the English Renaissance or the Early Modern Period). Shakespeare’s plays are perhaps his most enduring legacy, but they are not all he wrote. Shakespeare’s poems also remain popular to this day. Shakespeare’s works include 38 plays, 2 narrative poems, 154 sonnets, and a variety of other poems. No original manuscripts of Shakespeare’s plays are known to exist today.
Roopvani, Varanasi is a forty-year old organization which is being recreated afresh with a new craft and vision. Roopvani has produced and staged popular plays like Kamayani, Ram Ki Shakti Puja, Rashmirathi, Panchratram, Chitrakoot and Barnam Van. Ram Ki Shakti Puja was performed in the 19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, and Panchratram in the Theatre Olympics. These productions have been staged successfully during national festivals and also at prominent theatres in different cities. Ram ki Shakti Puja received the Bhilwara Natya award in 2015 for the best play.
Cast & Credits
|Sainik, Macduff’s son||Sakhi|
|Buzurg||J. P. Sharma|
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