(Lyn Gardner's article appeared in the Guardian, 8/13.)

"Captain Banquo and I are in the helicopter … Scotland 52 has landed." This contemporary version of Macbeth, set during a Middle East conflict, gets the 2012 Edinburgh international festival's theatre programme off with a bang – in fact, several bangs. Then it throws in a few helicopters, flares and huge explosions for good effect. Grzegorz Jarzyna's production for Polish company TR Warszawa takes its cue, both visually and aurally, from a Hollywood blockbuster war movie, albeit one in which there are no heroes.



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