Iranian troupe to perform “Macbeth” at Armenian Shakespeare festival

June 8, 2011

TEHRAN -- Iranian stage director Hossein Farrokhi will perform “Macbeth” at the Shakespeare International Theater Festival which will be held in Yerevan, Armenia this coming September.

“I have made small changes in the text and revised some of the dialogue, but I have remained true to the original text,” Farrokhi told the Persian service of IRNA.
He called Iran’s participation in international festivals opportunities to introduce Iranian dramatic arts to foreign artists.
“We shall begin rehearsals after actress Afsaneh Mahian returns from her abroad trip,” he said.
“I believe that this cooperation between Iranian and foreign troupes is necessary in order to earn credit for Iranian theater,” he added.
Each edition of the non-competitive Shakespeare International Theatre Festival is dedicated to an individual who was a key figure in the furthering of drama in Armenia.
International theatre troupes take part to give Armenians examples of their interpretations of the great playwrights. In 2010 Peter Brook, the renowned theater producer, was invited to participate.
Photo: A scene from “The Symphony of Awakening” directed by Hossein Farrokhi at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on July 19, 2008. (Mehr/Ra’uf Mohseni)