The Okavango Macbeth

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The Okavango Macbeth [1] is a 2009 chamber opera written by Alexander McCall Smith (1948- ), with music by Scottish composer Tom Cunningham (1946- ) [2], based on the Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth.

First performed on 3rd October 2009 at the No.1 Ladies' Opera House in Gaborone, Botswana, directed by Nicholas Ellenbogen.


Set in the Botswana Okavango Delta [3], it tells a story of the struggle for power among competing baboons in their matriarchal society - thus drawing parallels with the Macbeth story. (Website [4])

The original text

McCall Smith's chamber opera is based on the stage play Macbeth (full title The Tragedy of Macbeth) by William Shakepeare.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2013: Staged by Theatre for Africa in the Artscape Theatre, directed by Nicholas Ellenbogen, with a cast including Sandile Kamle (Macbeth), Nobulumko Mngxekeza (Lady Macbeth), Akhona Dudumashe (Duncan) and Mlamli Lalaphantsi.


The Okavango Macbeth website [5]

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