Theatre (physical theatre, dance)

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  • C venues – C south - main theatre
  • 18:55
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: Korea, Republic Of
  • Group: Choin Theatre Company (Korea) in association with C theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: OtherSome mature themes
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


In this uniquely Korean retelling of Shakespeare's story, an ambitious actor dreaming of greatness is captivated by the role of Macbeth. Using puppets, music and dance, he embodies Macbeth's story in a chameleonic, humorous, high-octane physical performance. But in thrusting himself so deeply into the role, he starts to lose himself in the shadows of Macbeth’s desires. In the end, he decides to take control of Macbeth's story, refusing to succumb to the fate laid out for him. He achieves greatness, but at what cost? From Korean Theatre Directors’ Association 2018 Director of the Year, Cheong-euy Park.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Level access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 2 August, 3 August, 4 August, 5 August, 6 August, 9 August, 10 August, 11 August, 16 August, 17 August, 18 August, 23 August, 24 August, 25 August, 7 August, 14 August, 15 August, 8 August, 21 August, 22 August, 1 August, 26 August, 19 August, 20 August, 12 August, 13 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

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Thomas N 92 days ago

The death of a finger puppet brought tears to my eyes. A powerfully expressive solo actor and a heavily revised version of Shakespeare's script retold the classic play by stripping the story to bare bones while turning the character of Macbeth into a monolithic figure that eclipses and encompasses the entire world of the play. Beautiful, and worth seeing twice to catch each of the solo actors

Ada Palmer 92 days ago

Fascinating and energetic. Seeing the narrative of Macbeth stripped of Shakespeare's language made for greater focus on the emotion and the evolution of characters, almost distilled from the words themselves. The performance was extremely kinetic with recognizable signatures of traditional Korean theater and dance, and the performer communicated extreme and overwhelming emotions very effectively with face and tone. The puppet for Lady Macbeth was surprisingly effective and made the couple's relationship far more tender than I would have imagined such a simple puppet could do. A very unusual new way to think about a familiar classic.

Nancy Workman 95 days ago

The actress who performs this one-person piece is an utter master of physical theatre (you can also see her in the outstanding "Spray"--and you should!). Enigmatic and thrilling to watch.

Alison Hatherall 99 days ago

Physical, clever, funny, scary, profound.. utterly brilliant! If you see one thing see this!

Jan Leaver 107 days ago

I didn't know what to expect with this show, and couldn't imagine how the play could be portrayed by one person. The performance was fascinating, hugely energetic and expressive, portraying an obsessive actor embodying Macbeth. The parts with the Lady Macbeth finger puppet were enchanting. This actor has extraordinary expressive ability, right down to his fingers! Go and see it!

LTW 109 days ago

Went to this show not knowing what to expect, but was extremely impressed with what I saw!

Brilliant, passionate acting, with the entire act in Korean (with English subtitles) making it all the more charming! The two dance scenes were hilarious and memorable!

Highly recommend!

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 87 days ago

Many adaptations of Macbeth proliferate the Fringe, but few will be as bold and reinventive as this one man show from Choin Theatre Company. Here the tragedy of Macbeth is retold by an actor who becomes dangerously obsessed with his character, the pair of them fuelled by volatile ambition. Macbeth...

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 91 days ago

Korean company Cho-in Theatre has condensed Macbeth to an intense hour of solo theatre performed by a female and male actor, Lee Sang-hee and Hwang Min-hyung, on alternate days. At the performance I saw, Lee Sang-hee gave a performance of intense physicality, a supreme feat of clowning. Using four blue...

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 99 days ago

As much as this actor flaps his arms, he cannot leave the ground. This exquisite image sets the tone for this Macbeth. The western audience should abandon expectation and submit to the music and movement of this high-powered, fluid, Korean work.One performer (alternating one male and one female), four cubes...

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Exeunt 99 days ago

How you experience watching Cho-in Theatre’s Macbeth likely depends on which date you attend. This one-person show is performed with a rotating cast of two – Lee Sang-hee on one day, then Hwang Min-hyung the next. The cast use the same script, there’s the same set design and both are...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 106 days ago

Shakespeare is the world’s most popular playwright, with his productions staged all over the globe. This particular version is a one-person adaptation of Macbeth that hails from Korea. Pared down to an hour, it captures the key moments of the original play through movement and spoken text, which is translated...

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