Now Turkey bans Macbeth

Now Turkey bans Macbeth


norman lebrecht

November 03, 2014

The Islamisation of the arts in Turkey is advancing in crazy ways. First, Islamic dress code at the state opera and ballet. Then a ban on music by Fazil Say, the country’s best-known classical musician.

Now Shakespeare’s Macbeth has been taken off at the state theatre in Ankara after it was ‘watched by a group of Ministry of Culture and Tourism officials last Tuesday.’ They left without applauding. The rest of the run was summarily cancelled.

Be very concerned.

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  • JR says:

    Worrying indeed. On a more amusing note, Martin Randall Travel arranged a performance of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas in the ancient theatre at Sabratha, Libya, which the censors passed happily enough. They were concerned at the AAM’s harpsichord however, which for a time was stuck in the docks. Perhaps it would have been better labelled as a piano for these purposes! Later on the same cruise was an abridged Shakespeare play – Julius Caesar – which required full prior script approval. Considering JC’s fate (and later Gadaffi’s), we were fortunate that they cleared it for performance……