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With a piercing yell, Kuranosuke Sasaki bursts out of the rehearsal studio, his hands covered in (fake) blood. Then seeing me, he smiles and says, “Sorry to keep you waiting” — before returning to intensive preparations with American director Andrew Goldberg for his starring role in their one-man “Macbeth,” which opens July 12 at Tokyo’s Parco Theater.

Conceived and codirected as a National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) production by Goldberg and Tony Award-winning English dramatist John Tiffany, this bold adaptation of Shakespeare’s dark fictional tragedy about a real-life 11th-century Scottish king had its world premiere in Glasgow in June 2012. There, Scottish actor Alan Cumming caused a sensation with his performance before the same production moved straight to the Lincoln Center in New York, and on to Broadway the following year.

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