Shakespeare’s Macbeth is the first in a series of adapted productions coming to Stratford Circus from a pioneering consortium of eight regional theatres committed to increasing the number of black and ethnic minority actors on the touring circuit.
Black Theatre Live will bring the Bard’s reimagined tragedy into a contemporary context, featuring a blend of Indian music and movement.
The production sees the engineers of Macbeth’s downfall depicted as three Hijras, which is a strand of Indian society little-known in the west.
Hijras are a centuries-old “third gender” community (including transsexuals, transgender people, eunuchs and cross-dressers).
Director Jatinder Verma said: “Spirits in Indian traditions combine vivacity with viciousness.
“By casting the Witches in Macbeth as provocative Bollywood queens, I aim to explore the dangerously vain ambition driving of the man.”
Over a three-year programme Black Theatre Live will bring performances from culturally diverse perspectives to venues across the country.
March 26-28, 7.30pm, £10-16, stratford-circus.com .