Eugène Ionesco

Macbett

Hungarian translation: Róbert Bognár

Macbett
Zsolt Bogdán
 
Banco
Gábor Viola
 
Duncan
Miklós Bács
 
Lady Duncan / Lady Macbett
Andrea Vindis
 
Glamiss
Áron Dimény
 
Candor
Lóránd Váta
 
Macol
József Bíró
 
Clown
Melinda Kántor
 
Maid
Anikó Pethő
 
Maid
Eszter Román
 
Soldier
Szabolcs Balla
 
Officer
Balázs Bodolai
 
Orderlies / Valets
András Buzási , Zsolt Gedő , Tamás Kiss , Csaba Marosán

directed by
Silviu Purcărete
 
set design
Helmut Stürmer
 
costume design
Lia Manțoc
 
music composed by
Vasile Șirli
 
dramaturg
András Visky
 
dramaturg's assistant
Kata Demeter
 
director's assistant
Alpár Fogarasi, Ádám Nyári
 
correpetition
Péter Kolcsár
 
costume designer's assistant
Bogdan Dobre
 
stage manager
Enikő Albert, Pál Böjthe

Date of the opening: October 13, 2021

Ionesco's Macbett is not a simple parodic, inside out reversal of Shakespeare's masterpiece, but an x-ray as well as a revelation of the type of brutalized public life that has become close to being absurd. The play presents, through relentless murder, public life that is animated and pushed into the realm of chaos by constantly stimulated hostility. At the same time, Ionesco's Macbett talks about the absurdity of conspiracies. He addresses today's spectator with surprising acuity. "Shakespeare's Macbeth is a monster, while also being a puppet at the same time, of course, and Lady Macbeth is also a monster herself. My Macbett is not a monster. He's just as cowardly, vile and power-hungry as Duncan, Banco, Glamiss or Candor. He's an ordinary man." - says Ionesco about his caustic play that displays the intellectual and moral hollowness of man. It draws our attention to the fact that the political realm, ever since the Cold War years, is invaded by dozens of petty characters, devoid of ideas, who cling to power with bloody nails and who see no further than the obtuse logic of defeating and destroying their political opponent. The chance that arose in the 1930s - that clowns permeated by their obsession with power, and who engage in politics under the spell of bloodbaths to be brought to power through free elections - is not a thing of the past, but an ever-present temptation that we better face rather than continue to repeat its horrors, permeated by the illusion of perceiving ourselves as being enlightened.
András Visky