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TNT theatre Britain – Macbeth
Performed in English with Chinese surtitles


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Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall
13-15 October 2011 (Thur-Sat) 8pm
15-16 October 2011 (Sat-Sun) 3pm
Tickets: $260, 160

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A tale of a corrosive urge for power at the price of conscience
A tragedy and a classic in literature to touch every heart and soul

A warrior meets three witches who predict that he will be King. Unable to resist the temptation the Warrior, Macbeth, and his wife secretly murder the King and claim the crown. To hold onto power they kill anyone who stands in their way, even their best friend. But their evil comes back to haunt them as ghosts and witches rise against them and a good warrior escapes their clutches to claim revenge for the slaughter of his family. The Macbeths meet a just and terrible end that is made worst by madness and despair. A new King is crowned but will the witches return and sow more seeds of ambition and evil?

A touring production that has run for a decade, seen in 267 cities on four continents
A dark thriller with a profound study of the nature and attraction of evil – Macbeth, is the bloodiest among Shakespeare’s four great tragedies.  It was TNT theatre Britain’s first Shakespeare production and has been given in 31 countries and 267 cities worldwide since its premier in 2000. As a full-blooded production that is not afraid to unleash the power of Shakespeare’s dark masterpiece, its highly physical style, integrated musical score, dynamic interpretation and quality of the Shakespearean verse speaking has generated enthusiasm from audiences and critics alike.

 
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Details of Performing Group

TNT theatre Britain was founded in 1980. Since then it has established itself as one of the most popular touring theatre companies in the world. Last season alone the company gave almost 1000 performances of 14 productions on three continents. Since 1993 the company has been in collaboration with the American Drama Group Europe. The artistic director of TNT is Paul Stebbings, whose work has won many awards at, for example, the Munich Biennale, the Edinburgh Festival and the Tehran Festival. TNT has also participated in many notable festivals and collaborated on co-productions with major venues such as the Athens Concert Hall and the St Petersburg State Comedy Theatre, being described as “touring theatre at its best” (South China Morning Post, Hong Kong) and “highly effective and charismatic theatre” (Village Voice, New York).

The company seeks to integrate all the performing arts in a style of theatre that merits the name of TNT - explosive theatre or T.N.T which also means The New Theatre.  TNT's roots are a mix of physical theatre as defined by the great East European directors Grotowski and Meyerhold and popular theatre such as English Music Hall and Italian commedia dell'arte (classical clowning). Music is important to TNT and all productions have a newly commissioned musical score. The director always works with a choreographer and the ensemble actors are chosen for their ability to cross the disciplines of theatre, music and dance.

Director: Paul Stebbings
Producer: Grantly Marshall, ADG Europe
Music Composer and Director: Paul Flush
Choreographer: Eric Tessier-Lavigne
Performers: Gareth Fordred, Hannah McPake, Louise Lee, David Chittenden, Richard Croughan, Roger Clark

 
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Reviews

“A brilliant staging of this tragedy, at once demonic and terrifying…The first class interpretation managed to transport the audience to medieval Scotland.” Frankfurter Rundschau

“A devastating performance…Paul Flush’s evocative music is pitched perfectly…a memorable production.” The Observer

“The imagery is as striking as the raw power of theatre. The pace surges forward until its final thrilling climax…The outstanding ensemble received tremendous applause.” Süddeutsche Zeitung

“With its strong visual and aural images, this Macbeth is a haunting reminder of how accessible Shakespeare can still be to modern audiences anywhere.” Japan Times

 
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Programme Length
Running time is about 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 20-minute intermission.
Latecomers will only be admitted until the intermission or a suitable break in the programme.
 
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Ticketing and Concession
Tickets available from 18 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by telephone credit card booking
Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)
10% discount for every purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% for 20 or more standard tickets.
 
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Enquiries

Programme Enquiries:2268 7325
Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999
Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk

Pictures are taken from past performances and the cast is different from that of the upcoming production in Hong Kong.
The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
The content of this programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

 
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