by William Shakespeare
Translated by Yves Bonnefoy
Directed by Silvia Costa
2024-03-26 20:30:00 2024-07-24 23:00:00Available soon
For her second time at the Comédie- Française, following Annie Ernaux’s Mémoire de fille (A Girl’s Story) in June 2023, Silvia Costa selected the piece superstition requires to be referred to as “the Scottish play” – while some people even call the murderous couple “M.” and “Lady M.”.
The play was added to the Répertoire in 1985 when Jean-Pierre Vincent directed it at the Festival d’Avignon honours courtyard; this nighttime tragedy remains fascinating due to its intense, bloodthirsty quality combined with the importance of its supernatural dimension.
The Italian director, whose work has been prominently featured these last few years in theatres and operas, tackles the destiny of general Macbeth. He was told by three witches he would become king; obsessed with this prophecy, he commits regicide with the help of his wife. After generous and honest king Duncan is killed comes the turn of his friend Banquo, the troublesome witness. The couple is strangled by guilt and descends into madness. The usurper and his wife – who keeps seeing her hands tainted with blood – seem to mould into a single figure of human complexity.
Since the three fatal sisters’ announcement in the first scene, (“Fair is foul, and foul is fair: / Hover through the fog and filthy air.”) the whole play relies on a disarray of values which draw the intimate up to the moral and political spheres: between right and wrong, soundness and madness, the real and the imaginary, transgression and thirst for power, life and death, the male and female figures... Silvia Costa fashioned a metaphorical environment matching the labyrinth encased within the king’s conscience. “Life’s but a walking shadow”, says Macbeth, whose unearthing of his darkest desires gradually lead to self-discovery.
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With the generous support of Aline Foriel-Destezet, great patron of the arts.
En raison du renforcement des mesures de sécurité dans le cadre du plan Vigipirate « Urgence attentat », nous vous demandons de vous présenter 30 minutes avant le début de la représentation afin de faciliter le contrôle.
Nous vous rappelons également qu’un seul sac (de type sac à main, petit sac à dos) par personne est admis dans l’enceinte des trois théâtres de la Comédie-Française. Tout spectateur se présentant muni d’autres sacs (sac de courses, bagage) ou objets encombrants, se verra interdire l’entrée des bâtiments.