Macbeth Visits Scandinavia

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Macbeth Visits Scandinavia

The American Drama Group is visiting Scandinavia this summer to give four performances of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Bergen and Kristianstad. Macbeth visits Scandinavia is a part of the group’s annual Castle Tour.

The American Drama Group Europe
ADG Europe was formed by Ohio native Grantly Marshall in 1978 in the city of Munich. it was linked in the beginning to the University of Munich where the first performances were held. It expanded quickly to other theatres in Munich and also began to give guest performances in other German cities. The expansion later continued to include many countries in Europe and Asia. In 1994, the ADGE began touring European Castles featuring many illustrious places and surprises. We are hoping to make it a pan-European tour.

Macbeth Visits Scandinavia
ADG Europe was formed by Ohio native Grantly Marshall in 1978 in the city of Munich

The Tragedy of MACBETH by William Shakespeare
If MACBETH is not the finest play ever written, it is certainly the most performed.  The play explores the corruption of power and its terrifying results, both politically and personally. But while the themes are profound and complex, the form is hugely entertaining: this is a thriller, a war story, a romance, a nightmare, a horror story and a most powerful presentation of the supernatural.

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Macbeth Visits Scandinavia
Bergenshus fortress, Norway

The witches ride above this play as both demons and restorers of the natural order that MACBETH and his murderous wife seek to destroy.  The evil that the royal couple unleash rebounds upon themselves and, by means of the most extraordinary poetry, we, the audience, watch the collapse of naked ambition into tortured self-doubt and ultimate insanity.

Macbeth Visits Scandinavia
Rosenborg gardens, Copenhagen

Acclaimed all over the world
Macbeth was the company’s first Shakespeare production.  The production has been so successful that it has been constantly revived and toured worldwide since 2001 to over forty countries on four continents. This might be the most performed production of MACBETH this century.  Audiences have thrilled to this production from London to Atlanta, from Beijing to Berlin, from El Salvador to Thailand and from Australia to Norway.

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Macbeth Visits Scandinavia
Bäckaskog Castle, Sweden. Photo: Ulf Bodin

A full-blooded version if Shakespeare’s Macbeth
This is a full-blooded version of the play, witch-driven in its intensity. The production is not frightened of the supernatural or compromised by modern dress. But this is not an old-fashioned production either; the musical score by Paul Flush drives the play forward and creates a compelling sound texture of almost filmic quality. Forest and castle merge and melt. The witches are an almost constant presence, neither male nor female (or both) and as ruthless as Greek Furies.

Macbeth Visits Scandinavia
Kungliha djirgården, Stockholm

Macbeth – the murderous monarch
The acting is fast and physical. Above all the production releases the poetic intensity of Shakespeare, writing at the height of his powers. The play is not so much interpreted as elucidated, exposing its universal truths. In our modern world where power seems divorced from morality and the irrational seems to sweep all before it, this mighty drama reminds us that we are not only corrupted but diminished by evil.  For without a moral compass we shall be like MACBETH the murderous monarch.

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Stunning reviews
“Feral cries pierce he air…from the very first moment of this MACBETH, the audience were held is a vice like grip” wrote JAPAN TIMES

“I never knew Shakespeare could be so entertaining”. CNN TV

“World class theatre”. The Observer UK.

Macbeth visits Scandinavia
Directed by Paul Stebbings, Macbeth will be performed at open-air theatres in

Bergen, Bergenhus festning – courtyard – August 20
Copenhagen, Rosenborg Garden – King’s Garden – August 23
Kristianstad, Bäckaskog Slot – August 31
Stockholm, Kungliga Djurgarden – September 3

Macbeth Visits Scandinavia, Source: ADG Europe

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