Ends Sep 27

Macbeth Muet

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Quirky, Funny
6 reviews
6 reviews

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This textless, two-actor adaptation of Shakespeare's classic draws on silent cinema and Grand Guignol traditions.

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Shakespeare's murderous couple cordially invite you to witness a hyper-speed rendition of their gruesome story, told entirely without words. Kings will die, nature itself will be twisted, and funny silent-film gestures will be made.


Reviews (12)

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Now Toronto

for a previous production “One the most imaginative shows I’ve ever seen at the Fringe…A brilliant alternative presentation of Shakespeare’s play told through physical theatre and the manipulation of everyday objects...When playing the Macbeths, performers Prévost and Francoeur are as impressive as the best young classical actors…The show is filled with laughter, not at any foolishness but because of the continually amazing inventiveness of the performers in creating powerful imagery from such ordinary objects.” Full Review


for a previous production “The promise, it seems, is that things are about to get messy—and they do, with crowd-pleasing results in this inventive comedic take on 'Macbeth'…Shakespeare by way of Looney Tunes—a wordless retelling of Shakespeare's dark story of murder and ambition…The mayhem is backed by an impeccably assembled soundtrack…It all gets quite silly—there will be blood, friends—but it's also surprisingly touching at points…Frenetic and fun and ingenious, ‘Macbeth Muet’ is killer theatre.” Full Review

Winnipeg Free Press

for a previous production "No dialogue is spoken, but you can’t take your eyes off Montreal actors Prévost and Francoeur as they enact Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy...The actors manage to embellish Shakespeare’s text with back story...And while the props and contemporary music cues glaze the proceedings with a flavorful meringue of comedy, the performers still facilitate an icy chill of horror...This is a display of sheer theatrical invention, certainly a must-see on your fringe menu." Full Review

My Entertainment World

for a previous production “An extraordinary piece of work, a showcase of intense creativity and bold, thoughtful interpretation…It features nuanced takes on the characters and breathtaking silent performances…In 50 minutes...La Fille Du Laitier communicates a far more precise and personal vision of ‘Macbeth’ than most 3-hour productions I’ve seen..The theatrical flair and remarkable insight of co-creator/director/sound designer Jon Lachlan Stewart’s production blew my mind at every turn.” Full Review

Mooney On Theatre

for a previous production “A bloody mess, but it’s a bloody good mess…It’s a fun, wacky, smart sight to see…The shape-shifting medley of sound effects and music is wonderfully dramatic...The comprehensive sound design guides the show and gives the narrative a structure that, without spoken words, is still easy to follow…The small-but-mighty cast maintained an excellent energy throughout the performance. They had natural chemistry…A lively, liberated rendition of Shakespeare’s tragedy.” Full Review


for a previous production “Well-crafted silliness…Don’t come expecting profound insights into The Scottish Play…This isn’t ‘Macbeth’ for Beginners…The passion between these lovers is one of the strengths of ‘Macbeth Muet.’ Another strength is the delightfully creative (and cheap) design choices that festoon the stage…More silliness than laugh out loud comedy. This is a light-hearted pastiche. Shakespeare would probably approve…If you just need some fun, go see ‘Macbeth Muet.’” Full Review

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Avg Score

Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Satisfying, Perfect fringe

See it if you want the best of fringe theater. Great for casual Shakespeare readers & Shakespeare snobs alike. Maybe especially for snobs.

Don't see it if you only like big budget shows; you've never read/seen Macbeth. Some familiarity w/ the play is a must. The more you know the better it is.

Also Hooks you fast! 3 seconds in I already knew I loved this show, and it ... Read more Read less

Clever, Edgy, Enchanting, Masterful, Quirky

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare with a twist. Smart and funny and brilliantly executed, this show is well worth it!

Don't see it if You don't know Macbeth, because it's a truncated version of the play, going in with an understanding of what is happening is important.

Clever, Dizzying, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like weird shows. You enjoy the art of expression. You like mimes.

Don't see it if You can't handle broken eggs.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Intense, Entertaining

See it if you're up for 45 minutes of an exhilarating retelling of Macbeth. It helps to have an idea of the plot, but the actors do provide clues.

Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare with big casts (Where are the witches?), costumes, scenery, dialogue. There is much blood, befitting a tragedy.

Also What a clever concept, beautifully executed (and there's a good pun) b... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a creative, different show. (Make sure you remember Macbeth's plot).

Don't see it if you don't like small shows in small stages. If you are afraid of getting dirty with an egg or fake blood.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Quirky

See it if You want a hilarious yet poignant distillation of Macbeth.

Don't see it if You don't know the story of Macbeth, want a traditional theater experience, or don't like set pieces set to music.

Also This duo does an amazing job distilling the essence of Macbeth into 45... Read more Read less