The 1980 premiere of Yukio Ninagawa’s “legendarily beautiful” Japanese-language production of Macbeth (Independent, U.K.) was a watershed moment in global theater. Transposing Shakespeare’s tragedy from medieval Scotland to feudal Japan, Ninagawa created a breathtaking world filled with samurai, kabuki witches, a highly expressive cherry tree, and a moving musical score of Buddhist chant and western classical music. This revival, the last production overseen by Ninagawa before his death in 2016, transforms the Bard’s brutal tale of greed, ambition, and revenge into a poetic meditation on the ephemeral nature of existence.

“Achingly beautiful.”
– Guardian (U.K.)
What makes this Macbeth so powerful is that Ninagawa’s gift for painterly spectacle is accompanied by a sense of sadness at mankind’s folly and impermanence.
Guardian (U.K.)
The most beautiful Macbeth you will ever see.
Telegraph (U.K.)


20 Lincoln Center Plaza


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Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm David H. Koch Theater

Pre-performance lecture on Saturday, July 21 at 6:15 pm by Alexa Alice Joubin in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
Add to Calendar America/New_York NINAGAWA Macbeth Mostly Mozart Festival - Shakespeare’s tragedy is transposed to feudal Japan in director Yukio Ninagawa’s legendarily beautiful production. David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023 Lincoln Center - Mostly Mozart Festival false MM/DD/YYYY aho3e0k00zv7rk56sm4e178

By William Shakespeare

Translated by Yushi Odashima

Masachika Ichimura, Macbeth (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Yuko Tanaka, Lady Macbeth (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Yukio Ninagawa, director


Performed in Japanese with English supertitles


Performance length: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including intermission

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The 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of NINAGAWA Macbeth is made possible in part by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.


Additional support is provided by The Japan Foundation, New York.


Corporate support is provided by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, J.C.C. Fund, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal U.S.A., Inc.