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Macbeth, herói bandido (Macbeth, the Bandit-Hero) (Fagundes, 2004)

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Macbeth, herói bandido (Macbeth, the Bandit-Hero)

Macbeth, herói bandido (2004) is a stage production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (1606), produced by Cia. Rústica (Rustic Theatre Company), an autonomous theatre ensemble based in Porto Alegre, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. It is one of the most active and prolific troupes in the city, promoting relevant research projects and award-winning theatre shows.

Macbeth, herói bandido, directed by Patrícia Fagundes, is the first production, presented in 2004,  of a project carried out by Cia.  Rústica, entitled “In Search of Shakespeare” (“Em busca de Shakespeare”), which includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2006) and The Taming of the Shrew (2008). Since its inception, the guideline of the project has been to create a festive, popular Shakespeare, developing contemporary artistic languages for staging his plays, and using a  polyphonic network of resources for scenic composition, such as words, music, video, dance, physicality, among others.

In Macbeth, herói bandido, the aim of the group was not to transpose the action of Shakespeare’s play from medieval Scotland to contemporary Brazil, but to appropriate Shakespeare’s text and create a new fictional universe of violence, power disputes and chaos based on contemporary references. The performance is the result of a collaborative process, involving several months of investigation, improvisation and discoveries. The production premiered on May, 8th 2004 at the Dante Barone Theatre, followed by a season at the Renascença Theatre, both based in Porto Alegre. The show also integrated the agenda of the International Festival Porto Alegre em Cena in 2004.



Direction: Patrícia Fagundes


Nelson Diniz                              Macbeth
Sérgio Etchichury                      Witch, Macduff
Vanise Carneiro                         Lady Macbeth, Lady Macduff
Álvaro Rosa Costa                    Duncan, Porter, Doctor, Murderer
Alexandre Scapini                     Ross, Murderer, Messenger
Júlio Andrade                            Seyton, Banquo
Lisandro Belotto                        Lennox, Messenger, Murderer
John Spalding                           Malcolm, Fleance


Further information on the project “In Search of Shakespeare”, by Cia. Rústica, can be found on the company website and in this shared document



Production notes provided by Anna Stegh Camati.


Macbeth, herói bandido (Macbeth, the Bandit-Hero)


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