11 November | 20:30 – I.L. Caragiale National Theatre Bucharest, Ion Caramitru Hall (Big Hall)

Ionesco’s Macbett is not just a simple parodical turning inside out of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, but an X-ray as well as a revelation of a type of public life turned brutal, even absurd.



By: Eugène Ionesco

Translated in Hungarian by: Róbert Bognár

Adapted for stage: András Visky


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

Butlers: András Buzási, Zsolt Gedő, Tamás Kiss, Csaba Marosán

Directed by: Silviu Purcărete

Set: Helmut Stürmer

Costumes: Lia Manțoc

Original music: Vasile Șirli

Assistant for playwriting: Katalin Demeter

Assistant for costumes: Bogdan Dobre

Assistant directors: Alpár Fogarasi, Ádám Nyári

Producer: The Hungarian State Theatre, Cluj

Duration: 2h 30min (with intermission)

Not suitable under 14 years of age

Performance in Hungarian with Romanian and English subtitles

The play presents, through relentless humour, the 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. It addresses today’s spectator with surprising acuity. “Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a monster, while simultaneously also being a puppet, of course, and Lady Macbeth is herself a monster too. My Macbett is not a monster. He’s just as coward, 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 emptiness 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 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 the horrors, permeated by the illusion of perceiving ourselves as being enlightened beings. (András Visky)

Photo credit: István Biró