Recently we wrote about another theater play in Bangkok, a mystery-thriller called “The Carving Knife” – but if you fancy more theaterish theater, then maybe Macbeth is more for you.
But this one is staged and performed in Thai language – which is, given the complex use of the English language in the piece – not an easy task.
The director is Nopamat Veohong thinks that Macbeath is a timeless and universal play, and is sure that it can also well be translated into Thai culture.
The legendary Sodsai Pantoomkomol has a strong interest in politics. He was part of the student movement and witnessed it’s crushing by the army in the 1970s in Thailand. He says one of the reasons why he likes Macbeth so much is because it also is something that relates to present day Thailand. Macbeth got all he wanted – but it still left him unsatisfied. One of the reasons was that in order to get the things he wanted, he had to step over many people and do things that he himself considered amorale.
There are 48 cast members, so it’s quite a big play.
To learn more about Macbeth in Thailand, visit their official website.
It will be performed until June 19, 2011, so you gotta hurry. There are 300 seats per performance available, at 800 baht per person (for students 300 baht). At the Sodsai Pantoomkomol Center of Dramatic Arts. It’s located on the sixth floor of the Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Building of Chulalongkorn University, and the next BTS station is Siam.
Performances on Wednesday to Sunday, at different times, but in Thai language only.