Tara Arts in association with Queen’s Hall Arts & Black Theatre Live
National tour
25 Feb - 9 May 2015

Macbeth_Tara Arts in association with Queen’s Hall Arts and Black Theatre Live Macbeth_Tara Arts in association with Queen’s Hall Arts and Black Theatre Live

Macbeth is the first production from Black Theatre Live, a pioneering consortium of 8 regional theatres committed to increasing the amount of Black and Ethnic Minority theatre on the touring circuit. Spun together with a blend of Indian music and movement, this brand new production from one of the UK’s leading cross-cultural theatre companies sees Shakespeare’s tragedy reimagined in a contemporary context, as a brew of treachery and ambition sets an Asian family on a road to destruction. The production sees the engineers of Macbeth’s downfall depicted as three Hijras. A strand of Indian society little-known in the west, Hijras are a centuries-old “third gender” community (including transsexuals, transgender people, eunuchs and cross-dressers).

Tara Arts Artistic Director Jatinder Verma, who will direct Macbeth said “Spirits in Indian traditions combine vivacity with viciousness. By casting the Witches in Macbeth as provocative Bollywood queens, I aim to explore the dangerously vain ambition driving Macbeth.”

With over 35 years of experience, Tara Arts are established as one of the UK’s foremost creators of cross-cultural theatre. Their work, which consists of both new writing and reimagined classics, seeks to make imaginative connections across communities, to help foster a global sensibility from their own locality. The company was founded in 1977 by Artistic Director Jatinder Verma, along with Sunil Saggar, Ovais Kadri, Praveen Bahl & Vijay Shaunak.

Through a 3-year programme, Black Theatre Live will bring high quality performances from culturally diverse perspectives to mid-scale venues across the country. The initiative is a partnership of Tara Arts, Derby Theatre, Queens Hall (Hexham), the Lighthouse (Poole), Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds, Theatre Royal Margate, Stratford Circus (London) & Key Theatre (Peterborough).

The cast currently confirmed for Macbeth includes Robert Mountford, previously seen in Tara Arts co-production with the National Theatre The Black Album. He has also performed for Tara in productions of The Merchant of Venice and The Tempest. Robert’s other credits include Much Ado About Nothing for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Silent Witness for the BBC. He will be joined by Shaheen Khan, whose credits include Rafta Rafta at the National Theatre and the film Bend it Like Beckham.

Black Theatre Live is supported by Arts Council England

Cast Robert Mountford, Shaheen Khan, Mitesh Soni, Ralph Birtwell, Deven Modha, Shalini Peiris, Umar Pasha, John Afzal

Directed by Jatinder Verma | Designed by Claudia Mayer

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Tour Listings Information

25 – 27 Feb | Queen's Hall Arts, Hexham
Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS
01434 652477 |

03 Mar | Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Queens Square, Queens Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP
01484 430528 |

06 – 07 Mar | Theatre Royal Margate
Addington Street, Margate, CT9 1PW
01843 292795 |

10 Mar | Buxton Opera House
Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN
1.30pm, 7.30pm | £14, £17
0845 127 2190 |

12 - 14 Mar | Taliesin, Swansea
Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PZ
01792 60 20 60 |

17 & 18 Mar | Lighthouse Poole
21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG
1.30pm, 7.45pm | £17.50
0844 406 8666 |

20 - 21 Mar | artsdepot, London
5 nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 OGA
020 8369 5454 |

26 - 28 Mar | Stratford Circus, London
Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX
0844 357 2625 |

07 - 11 Apr | Theatre Royal Windsor
32 Thames Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1PS
01753 853 888 |

14 - 18 Apr | Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
6 Westgate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 1P33 1QR
01284 769505 |

21 - 25 Apr | Derby Theatre
15 Theatre Walk, St Peter's Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF
7.30pm, Matinees Weds & Sat, 2.30pm | £11 - £25.50
01332 59 39 39 |

28 & 29 Apr | Key Theatre, Peterborough
Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF
7.30pm, Matinee Thurs, 2.30pm | £15, £13 (concs), £11 (matinee)
01733 207239 |

05 - 09 May | Harrogate Theatre
Oxford Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1GF
01423 502 116 |

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