Macbeth (This Ignorant Present)

Far from Scotland, a man tinkering in his cellar has assembled a cage-like contraption from hoarded junk, where something wicked is being stirred up. What started as a hobby evolves into a battle for domestic dominance, as the darkness of Shakespeare’s tragedy curls its fingers around the heart of a suburban family.

Two actors and a child conjure the entirety of Shakespeare’s spectacle. Under the direction of Paul Lazar (Big Dance Theater, The Wooster Group), New York’s Scott Shepherd (The Young Pope, Elevator Repair Service’s Gatz) and Australia’s Zahra Newman (Wake in Fright) unite to create an adrenaline-fuelling new production.

Shakespeare’s tragedy has never been more relevant than in This Ignorant Present.

"One of the few ovations for which I have unreservedly stood."
— The Independent (for Gatz)

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Co-Produced by Malthouse Theatre and ArKtype (USA)/Thomas O. Kriegsmann.

Proudly supported by Art Series Hotels.

Key image: Zan Wimberley & Maria Baranova

Partners

CONCEIVED BY /

Scott Shepherd from the play by William Shakespeare

DIRECTION /

Paul Lazar

CAST INCLUDES /

Scott Shepherd, Zahra Newman

SET DESIGN /

Eric Dyer

SET & PROP ENGINEER /

Joe Silovsky

MOVEMENT /

Elizabeth DeMent

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

PREVIEWS 7.30pm Sat 9 May, 6.30pm Mon 11 May, 6.30pm Tue 12 May
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Wed 13 May
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 19 May
SENIORS PERFORMANCES 2pm Sat 16 May, 2pm Sat 23 May

Location

Merlyn Theatre

Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

WARNINGS /

This is a new work. It may contain violence, blood, and very loud noise. Check back closer to the event for further details.

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