script, stage design, directed by David Jařab
dramaturgy Lucie Ferenzová
costumes Sylva Zimula Hanáková
music Jakub Kudláč
premiere 7 and 8 April 2017
Macbeth Miloslav König
Lady Macbeth Anežka Kubátová / Johana Schmidtmajerová
Banco Jiří Černý
Duncan Leoš Noha
Macduff Václav Vašák
Ross Ivan Lupták
Lady Macduff Johana Matoušková
Man 1 Petr Jeništa
Man 2 Petr Čtvrtníček
Jařab's production is black slapstick. It does not lose, however, any of the power and spirit of the Shakespeare original in its shorter comics-like form. It holds the mirror up to the present world where primitive and basic forces – sex and power – prevail. The basic spoken English and sophisticated artistic acting sparkle with numerous non-verbal meanings.
Bronislav Pražan, Týdeník Rozhlas, 5 June 2017
David Jařab (b. 1971) graduated from drama directing at the Faculty of Theatre at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (1994). He worked at HaDivadlo as a director as of 1993, later as an author and finally even artistic director. He was also assistant lecturer of direction in A. Goldflam’s studio at JAMU Academy from 1994 to 1998. He left for Prague in 1997 and worked as free-lance scriptwriter, translator and theatre and TV director. He led Divadlo Komedie, along with Dušan D. Pařízek, between 2002 and 2012. His most successful productions are: Clara S. (2004), The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (2005), Vodičkova – Lazarská (2005), The Suffering of Prince Sternenhoch (2007), Kerosene Lamps (2008), Weissenstein (2009), The Legend of the Holy Drinker (2011) and Heart of Darkness (2011). After the theatre closed, he directed, for example, at Činoherní studio in Ústí nad Labem, at Divadlo Na zábradlí and at the New Stage of the National Theatre. Lately he has worked with Slovak troupes on a regular basis (the Slovak National Theatre, Divadlo Aréna). He is the author or co-author of various theatre plays and scripts. He has made two feature films (2004: Vaterland – A Hunting Logbook, 2010: Head-Hands-Heart) and several documentary films. He also teaches at the Department of Direction at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He also focuses on visual art and stage design. He is a member of the Surrealist Groups A. I. V. and the Czech and Slovak Surrealist Group.
Divadlo Na zábradlí Prague was established in 1958, and soon after became a seedbed of Czech Theatre of the Absurd thanks to the director Jan Grossman and the dramatist Václav Havel. Several film directors of the Czech New Wave found a home there in the 1970s and 1980s since they were not allowed to produce films during the normalization era (e.g. Jiří Menzel, Jaromil Jireš, but primarily Evald Schorm. The talented Petr Lébl took over the theatre in 1993 and after his tragic death, David Czesany became the artistic director in 1999, only to be replaced by the dramatist and director Jiří Pokorný in 2003. As of the 2013/2014 season, the management of the theatre has been assumed by the former artistic director of the Reduta Theatre – Petr Štědroň, who also brought with him the dramaturge Dora Viceníková, the director Jan Mikulášek, and the stage designer Marek Cpin. They reopened several productions from Brno in Prague (Correspondence V+W, Europeana, The Golden Sixties, Bourgeoisie, Anna Karenina and Cabaret Kafka).
Their dramaturgy consists of original productions (Hedonists, Obsession, Hamlets, Velvet Havel, AnderSen), dramatization of novels (Doctor Zhivago, The Stranger) and radical interpretation of classics (Grandmas, Macbeth). Directors such as J. A. Pitínský, David Jařab and Jiří Havelka have also been invited to cooperate as well as interesting artists from the young generation such as Jan Frič, Anna Petrželková and Miloš Orson Štědroň. The theatre has always been highly esteemed in the Czech Republic as well as abroad. It triumphed at the Theatre Critics' Awards for 2014 where it received prizes in all eight categories for their production Václav Havel.Divadlo Na zábradlí has been a regular guest at the Flora Theatre Festival. The festival hosted an overview of the current best pieces by this renowned Czech theatre company within a special program section in 2015.