Review: Asian Macbeth hits Stratford

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 April 2015

Tara Arts is bringing a new adaptation of Macbeth to Stratford Circus

Tara Arts is bringing a new adaptation of Macbeth to Stratford Circus


Drag queens in sarees, Macbeth in a turban and Indian background music is all part of Tara Arts’ fresh adaptation of a Shakespeare classic.

The theatre company, which specialises in putting British Asian talent in the spotlight, brought a unique version of Macbeth to Stratford Circus over the weekend as part of a national tour.

The revamped version of the play showed Macbeth, played by Robert Mountford, transformed into a modern day family man who is led to a road of self destruction after receiving a prophecy from three hijras - Indian drag queens that have officially been recognised as a third gender.

In a clever way, the play has managed to keep close to the original text but was able to build a fresh adaptation through individual characters.

From the start, the hijras were able to capture the attention of the audience and introduced a comical factor to the show.

Robert Mountford and Shaheen Khan, as Lady Macbeth were commanding in their roles and Shalini Peiris really stood out in her character as the house servant.

Jatinder Verma has created a refreshing cross-cultural outlook on a classic play.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Newham Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Newham Recorder