DOI: 10.5040/9781408162309.00000037
Scenes: 17. Roles: Male (5) , Female (4) , Neutral (0)

Thirteenth Night is a dream play rewriting Shakespeare’s Macbeth for a Labour government, an denunciation of creeping tyranny and socialism’s dilution.

In the prologue, the socialist idealist Jack Beaty is hit over the head. He dreams of a world in which his speeches against bloated forms of government and American interposition can summon riots against the American embassy, and three women in an underground car park demand a new politics. He is driven by the taut, clawing invective of Jenny Gaze to commit murder, and ascend to the top of a brutal and tyrannical, and ostensibly socialist, government. Ominous and witty, Brenton recasts Macbeth to discover a contemporary path to tyranny.

Thirteenth Night was first presented in 1981 at the Warehouse, London.

From Brenton Plays: 2


Bloomsbury Publishing

Howard Brenton

ISBN: 9780413614902

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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