Macbeth - Schedule, Program & Tickets


musical direction
Giampaolo Bisanti
Barrie Kosky
Scenic rehearsal
Sylvie Döring
Stage and light
Klaus Grünberg
Klaus Bruns
Claus Spahn
Luca Salsi
Roberto Tagliavini
Lady Macbeth
Anna Pirozzi
Freddie De Tommaso (only on January 19th, 2022)

1st act

Witches tell what they are up to.
Macbeth and Banco, the king's generals, come out of the war. The women salute Macbeth, Lord of Glamis, prophetically as Lord of Cawdor and as King of Scotland. Banco also wants to know its future. He is to become the father of kings. Soldiers announce the appointment of Macbeth as Lord of Cawdor.
Macbeth shudders at the violence with which he could carry out the second prophecy. Banco sees through his temptation.

The witches expect Macbeth to visit them again soon. A letter from her husband tells Lady Macbeth of the encounter with the witches. She knows his ambition, but doubts his willingness to use violence.

She is determined to get rid of his inhibitions. A servant announces the imminent arrival of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth puts all her hopes on the night the King will spend under her roof. Before the arrival of the king and his retinue, Macbeth and the lady find time to communicate.

Great scene
Macbeth sees a bloody dagger leading him to the king's bedroom. At the agreed signal, he penetrates.

After the murder, the completely distraught refused to enter the room again to slip the murder weapon under the sleeping guards. Lady Macbeth does. There is a knock at the gate. Lady Macbeth takes her husband away with her.
Macduff and Banco discover the corpse and sound the alarm.

Finale I.
The rushed to curse the wheel and call on God's judgment.

2nd act

Duncan's son Malcolm has fled to England. He is considered to be his father's murderer. Macbeth is king. To prevent the prophecy that Banco would become the father of kings, he decides to kill Banco and his son Fleance.

Lady Macbeth is intoxicated by the power of life and death.

Murderers hired by Macbeth ambush Banco and his son.

Great scene
Banco, who, despite his suspicions, accepted Macbeth's invitation, is murdered. Fleance escapes.

Finale II
The new royal couple is having a party. Lady Macbeth sings a drinking song. One of the murderers reports Banco's death and Fleance's escape to Macbeth. When Macbeth tries to sit on the empty chair, Banco's ghost sits on him. Lady Macbeth and the guests do not see him. The ghost disappears. Macbeth has the drinking song repeated. Banco's ghost reappears. Macbeth decides to go to the witches. The lady reviles his fear of ghosts. The festival society observes the ruler's breakdown. Macduff, a Scottish nobleman, is about to leave the country.

3rd act

The witches are at work.

Great scene
Macbeth wants to know his fate. The witches summon spirits. These prophesy: ​​Macbeth should beware of Macduff; no one born to a woman could wound him; until the forest of Birnam moves against him, he is invincible. Macbeth wants to know whether Banco's gender will rule. Eight kings appear, the last one carries a mirror: Banco. Laughing, he shows the long line of his crowned offspring. Macbeth passes out.

Lady Macbeth receives a report of the apparitions. Macbeth and his wife will destroy Macduff and Banco's families.

4th act

A refugee camp on the border between Scotland and England. Large parts of the Scottish population are fleeing the tyranny of Macbeth.

Macduff thinks of his wife and children. He left her in Scotland. Macbeth murdered her. Macduff wants to take God's vengeance.
Malcolm is on his way to Scotland with an English force. In the forest of Birnam he orders the soldiers to camouflage themselves with branches. Refugees join the army.

Great scene
A doctor and a chambermaid watch the sleepwalking Lady Macbeth. Again and again she tries to put a supposed blood stain on hers
Hand to remove.

Macbeth senses death at hand. He is without hope. The chambermaid reports the death of the queen. Soldiers announce the approach of Birnam Forest. Macbeth calls for death or victory.

Macduff, who was once cut from his mother's lap, kills Macbeth.

Macbeth's end
Macbeth is subject to "cursed by God and men".

Victory anthem
Malcolm is King of Scotland.

Subject to changes.

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