Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish Play’ gets an SA reworking

Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish Play’ gets an SA reworking

Marthinus Basson’s acclaimed ‘macbeth.slapeloos’ is playing at the Baxter this February for three weeks only.
Basson’s epic South African adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic ‘Macbeth’ features a star-studded cast and will be performed in Afrikaans with English surtitiles at the Baxter Theatre for three weeks only, until February 21 at 7.30pm nightly. This is the final production in the Baxter’s highly successful Afrikaans season, supported by KykNET.

Three of the doyennes of Afrikaans theatre – Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Jana Cilliers and Antoinette Kellermann star with Dawid Minnaar in the title role. The rest of the ensemble comprises Stian Bam, Charlton George, Ludwig Binge, Edwin van der Walt and Senzo Madikane. The production is designed and directed by Basson, with a translation by Eitemal.
The play is presented by TEATERteater, widely regarded as one of the most prolific independent South African theatre companies, which, in recent years, has also produced award-winning productions such as ‘Die kortstondige raklewe van Anastasia W’, ‘As die Broek Pas’, ‘Op Dees Aarde’ and ‘Klaasvakie’.

‘macbeth.slapeloos’ has already amassed nine awards and several nominations at various festivals which include the Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival, the KykNET Fiesta Theatre Awards and the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK). It received awards for best actor (Dawid Minnaar), best actress (Anna-Mart van der Merwe), best supporting actor (Charlton George), best director, best design and best production, amongst others.
In 2014 it played to great acclaim at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Nigel Vermaas for the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown daily Cue said, “It is brilliant theatre … a dream production” and Christina Kennedy for Business Day agreed, saying “The cream of the crop was Marthinus Basson’s exceptional rendering of ‘the Scottish play’ … it illuminated the beauty of Shakespeare’s prose.” Johan Myburg for Beeld described it as a “powerful production and feather in the cap for director Basson”. Diane de Beer from The Star Tonight went further by saying, “Those of us who witnessed what this wise wizard of magical storytelling pulled out of his hat, again, feel blessed.”
The production was originally commissioned by Clover Aardklop in celebration of director and designer Marthinus Basson’s contribution to South African theatre.

* ‘macbeth.slapeloos’ previews on Thursday, February 5, opens on Friday, February 6, and runs until February 21, at 7.30pm nightly (except on 9 February) with a matinee at 11am on February 12 and one at 2pm on February 14. Tickets are R120 throughout. There is an age restriction of 14 years.
Booking for macbeth.slapeloos is through Computicket. For discounted corporate, schools or block-bookings, charities or fundraisers, contact Sharon on 021 680 3962, email; or Carmen on 021 680 3993, email