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The world premiere stage production of "Lady Macbeth," which tackles the character of Lady Macbeth from Shakespeare's masterpiece "Macbeth" as a new work from a different perspective and setting, is coming to Kyoto!
Written by up-and-coming young British female writer Jude Christian and directed by Olivier Award winner Will Tuckett, it stars Yuki Amami as Lady Macbeth. Yuki Amami took the stage at a press conference held in Osaka on August 18.
He said, "This project started up many years ago, and although the Corona disaster made it difficult, the project must have been very powerful. I am very grateful and happy to have been able to start up Mukumukumu and go on to perform it in this way," he said.
Macbeth in "Lady Macbeth" is different from the original story in that he is a soldier who has been wounded so much that he has to express himself physically rather than verbally. I wondered who would play this role, and Adam Cooper's name came up. When I heard that, I was surprised! Do you understand, everyone? (audience laughed) I was so surprised that something like this could really happen in the world, but when I read the plot and the script, I felt that it was natural that the production team thought "Adam Cooper" was the right choice. I think that people who have seen the play will think, 'Oh, I see,'" he said, adding that he was surprised and pleased to be working with Adam Cooper.
When asked about the poster shoot with Adam Cooper, whom he admires so much, he said, "Adam is there, but I feel like he's not real. Thankfully, I've seen him several times..." He waved at me on the set, but I was embarrassed. He waved to me at the scene, but I was too embarrassed to look at his face. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't see his face. I was nervous when I took this (poster).
Regarding the script, he said, "Shakespeare's works are quite old, but I feel that human relationships, the way people are, their thoughts, their lives, and their envy, jealousy, and resentment have not changed at all over the ages. It is based on Shakespeare's "Macbeth," but the language is still very much in tune with today's world, and each line of dialogue is a bit poetic. I am prepared for it to be hard to memorize (laugh), but it is a very interesting and entertaining script," he said. I think the gap between the two is interesting. Her actions, her thoughts, and the reasons why she took the way she did are carefully depicted in the film, so I wonder if viewers will see her as a bad wife, a person who took a wrong turn, a sad person, or a strong person. I would like to hear how the audience judges and feels about the play.
As soon as the moderator said, "This is a world premiere...," he immediately responded, "You're putting pressure on me, aren't you? The wit with which she made the journalists laugh was as expected. I told Ms. Honami that the term "world premiere" makes me really nervous, but since there is no precedent, I thought it would be good for us to do it ourselves! I was trying to find a way out of it (laughs). So, with Will Tackett as our guide, myself, Adam Cooper, Honami Suzuki, Jun Kaname, Kyoko Miyashita, Ai Yoshikawa, and Hideo Kurihara, we talked a lot, discussed a lot, and talked a lot about how we saw, thought, and felt from our respective positions in the role. We talked a lot, discussed a lot, and talked a lot about how we see, think, and feel about each role from our respective standpoints. I hope that we can all understand each other, take on one background, and walk in the direction that Will Tackett is directing us. After all, this is a world first (laughs)! I want to do my best based on the fact that there is no comparison," he said enthusiastically.
As for performing in Kyoto, he said, "This is the first time for me to perform in Kyoto. I am thrilled to be able to perform a foreign work like Macbeth in a place that has also had a history of subversion. Personally, I would love to have people from all over Japan come to Kyoto to see "Lady Macbeth" and do some sightseeing in Kyoto. I think I would love to do that (laughs)," he smiled.
In closing, he said, "I feel happy to be able to bring the stage to the Kansai region again like this. And this is a personal matter, but I don't think it will ever happen again that I will be on the same stage as Adam Cooper, or that Adam Cooper and I will be on the same board (laughs), so I hope that you will come and see it with your own eyes. (Laughs) So I hope you will come and see it with your own eyes. This is the world premiere of the play, but I think it can be enjoyed from any perspective, whether you are new to Macbeth or familiar with it, so please come to the theater.
What about the dance scenes?" I answered, "There were some dance scenes in the script, but I don't know if it was me or not. But I don't know if it was me or not! (laugh)." The press conference was filled with humor from start to finish. The play is filled with many highlights, such as the collaboration between Yuki Amami and Adam Cooper, who also has such charm, as well as the splendid cast and the interesting story! Tickets go on sale Sunday, October 1.