The 22nd Gdansk Shakespeare Festival

10 days / 7 countries

27th July – 5th August

The 22nd Gdansk Shakespeare Festival



Teatr Wybrzeże


Teatr Muzyczny Capitol, Wrocław, Poland


Duration: 210 min (with interval) | 18+

The Golden Yorick Competition

Eleventh-century Scotland – a place and a time in which human life is not worth much. A man is worth as much as his feats in battle, a woman by how many healthy sons she bears. Murder is a way of disposing of one’s enemy, but also a method for succession to the throne. Ruthlessness and courage are highly prized, mercy and doubts ensuing from reflection are weaknesses. That is why Macbeth’s first crime will make further ones necessary. The mechanism set in motion by one decision will of course in the end destroy its own architect, first removing peace and quiet from him. In a world in which blood is once spilt, no-one can have clean hands. In her production of “Macbeth”, Agata Duda-Gracz talks about temptation and guilt, about the birth of the evil which we all carry within us, about how tragically the heritage of the ancient world and Christianity are mixed within us. With unusual precision, she analyses the connections between figures: seeking relationships, dependencies and motives, she reaches for historical sources and creates an ambiguous, excruciating background for the main themes of this tragedy.

“Duda-Gracz in her production looks for Shakespearean monumentalism and writes it into her understanding of the theatre as a total medium, acting on the viewer’s every sense, crushing him / her with image and sound, cruelty in looking at humanity and the desire to see wild beauty in this cruelty. This is an almost operatic Shakespeare but, at the same time, close to Greek tragedy, in which man is a plaything of the Gods and Destiny.”
Łukasz Drewniak

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Adaptation, set design, costumes, direction: Agata Duda-Gracz

Music and musical direction: Maja Kleszcz, Wojciech Krzak

Lighting director: Katarzyna Łuszczyk

Stage movement: Tomasz Wesołowski

Dialogue coach: Michał Pabian

Vocal preparation: Magdalena Śniadecka, Ewa Głowacka-Fierek

Sound: Krzysztof Borowicz

Director’s assistants: Katarzyna Dudzic-Grabińska, Natasza Sołtanowicz, Hanna Zbyryt

Set design assistants: Aleksandra Grabowska, Sara Sulej, Kaja Wolak

Premiere: 13.10.2017

Emose Uhunmwangho (Hecate), Helena Sujecka (First Witch), Agnieszka Oryńska-Lesicka (Second Witch), Justyna Antoniak / Alicja Konarska (Third Witch), Magda Kumorek (Lady Macbeth), Cezary Studniak (Macbeth), Maciej Maciejewski (Seyton), Łukasz Wójcik (Lulach / Porter), Maja Lewicka (Lady Lennox), Bartosz Picher (Lennox), Igor Kowalunas (Menteith), Błażej Wójcik (Angus), Ildefons Stachowiak (Duncan), Elżbieta Kłosińska (Lady Malcolm), Artur Caturian (Malcolm), Bożena Bukowska (Lady Donalbain), Tomasz Leszczyński (Donalbain), Ewa Szlempo (Lady Banquo), Krzysztof Wrona (Banquo), Bruno Krywiak (Fleance), Justyna Szafran (Lady Macduff), Wojciech Brzeziński (Macduff), Klaudia Waszak (Macduff’s son), Paulina Jeżewska  (Lady Ross), Tomasz Wysocki (Ross), Adrian Kąca (Macdonald’s son) and others

Live music: Maja Kleszcz (singer, cello), Marta Maślanka (cymbals), Wojciech Krzak (Anglo-Saxon lyre)

Participants in the recordings: Maja Kleszcz, Marta Maślanka, Bart Pałyga, Wojciech Krzak

Mix and mastering: Andrzej Izdebski

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