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Yukio Ninagawa’s iconic production of Macbeth in the Netherlands and U.K. in 1985 (premiered in Tokyo in 1980)

Translation by Yushi Odashima

Also known as the cherry blossom Macbeth, butsudan Macbeth, and Kabuki Macbeth

Commentary provided by Alexander Huang: In this production, a gigantic set resembling a butsudan Buddhist household altar takes up the entire stage. The set serves as a gateway to other worlds. The altar compels the audience to dwell upon memories of the dead and the fault line between the sacred and the secular.

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    Ninagawa Macbeth

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    Ninagawa, Yukio | Productions |
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    Opening Scene

    Note: Opening scene from Yukio Ninagawa's iconic production of Macbeth in 1985

    Final Scene

    Note: Ninagawa's Macbeth (1985) - final scene

    Banquet Scene Part 1

    Note: Macbeth and Banquo's Ghost

    Porter Scene

    Note: "Here's a knocking indeed! If a
    man were porter of hell-gate, he should have
    old turning the key."

    Banquet Scene Part 2

    Note: Macbeth and Banquo's Ghost

    Final Battle between Macduff and Macbeth

    Note: "Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb
    Untimely ripp'd."

    Cherry Blossom and Violence

    Note: Fights