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  Macbeth at Folger Theatre


Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington

A bloodthirsty cycle of corruption and betrayal begins when the much-loved king of Scotland is murdered by his trusted ally Macbeth. Shakespeare's murderous tragedy is seen anew in Davenant's Restoration-era adaptation, now set in London's notorious Bedlam asylum. In this violent, tragic thriller, Macbeth achieves the power he thinks he deserves, but the price is high. His conscience is nagging him, as is his ambitious wife. Not to mention the grim prophecy that doesn't exactly spell out a happy ending for Macbeth. It turns out that power achieved by bloodshed can only be maintained by more bloodshed and Macbeth hurtles towards a violent confrontation that could be his doom. This unique production of Macbeth at Washington DC's Folger Theatre, with music performed by Folger Consort, features Helen Hayes Award-winners Ian Merrill Peakes and Kate Eastwood Norris as the tragically ambitious Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

Thru - Sep 23, 2018

Price: $42-$79

Box Office: 202-544-7077

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MetroWeekly - Recommended

"...Workshopped with scholars theatrical and musical, this production of Macbeth is something of an exercise in historical authenticity, but with an eye to keeping it as fun and enthralling for a 21st century audience as it might have been to our 17th century cousins."

Kate Wingfield

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...There's more of a political focus in Davenant's "Macbeth," and that it is taking place literally in the shadow of the Capitol adds an intensity the makes the work riveting and immediate to today even as it takes exacting steps to show it it might have been presented 350 years ago."
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Roger Catlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...In January 1666, famed diarist Samuel Pepys saw a performance of the William Davenant Macbeth and called it a “strange perfection.” The production that just opened at the Folger Theatre is strangely perfect too. Dated two weeks after the Great Fire of London, in September of the same year, the Folger Macbeth is set in the notorious madhouse, Bedlam, which was untouched by the fire. A limited run produced in collaboration with an international team of scholars, this Macbeth is luminous in every detail, but it is far more than a successful period piece. It is a meditation on the toxic combination of ambition and insanity."
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Sophia Howes

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...I’ve seen Macbeth performed in the round, outdoors, in the nude, multiple film and TV versions, various homages and parodies across multiple media, I saw a spirited production last month by an emerging theatre company. But I’ve never seen a Macbeth like the Folger’s latest effort; neither have you, I’ll wager, nor anyone else in several centuries. And this Macbeth is entirely remarkable and unforgettable."
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John Geoffrion

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