Kammer 1

MACBETH

BASED ON WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, BY AMIR REZA KOOHESTANI

Director: Amir Reza Koohestani

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After “Der Fall Meursault – Eine Gegendarstellung” and “Die Attentäterin”, Amir Reza Koohestani now stages a play central to the canon of Western theatre for the first time at the Münchner Kammerspiele: “Macbeth”. Shakespeare wrote this tragedy that revolves around a murderous royal couple more than 400 years ago as a piece of propaganda, which he intended at the time as confirmation of the king’s position (as well as his own). Koohestani takes this as the starting point for a reflection on contemporary expectations of theatre: Can political power relations still be strengthened or questioned today through fictional stories? Which stories must and which may be told? How innocent or dangerous is art, and how powerful are its narratives? In his approach to political issues, Koohestani always reflects the consequences for the people. Although trapped in a power structure, they still have to face the consequences of their own actions – whether insecure, committed, elated or traumatised. In private conversations and intimate moments, he creates an up-to-date political panorama, which also focuses on people’s everyday lives. “And if we fail?”, a sleepless Macbeth asks his wife and accomplice. “Then we fail”.

With the kind support of the Association of Friends of the Münchner Kammerspiele.

Premiere on 07. December 2018