Macbeth – Live Screening

Wed 4 April 2018, 7.15pm

Live Screening from the Royal Opera House.

Verdi’s opera on Shakespeare’s tragedy is conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a magnificent cast, including Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.

The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts. Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.

Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Director: Phyllida Llloyd
Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Certificate: 15

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Friends of the Grove Theatre (available online; 2 discounted tickets for Gold members and 4 for Platinum members – enter maximum amount of tickets required per membership type into basket as Standard) £2.50 off
Concessions £2 off
Wheelchair Users (cannot be booked online; please call Box Office) £2 off

Picture captioncredit: Chorus of Witches in Verdi’s Macbeth ©ROHClive Barda 2011