What’s on: Revenge is a dish best served cold

Summary

A spooky musical theatre production in which children get the upper hand when adults hurt one of their own is our top pick of the week, while jazz fills the air in Leuven, a fitness club is the setting for a play, and De Munt premieres the world’s most talked-about opera of the year

Banket

Poor Mr and Mrs Macbeth. A crime they thought they could get away with was seen by the children of the forest. And now they are living in a nightmare of their own making, both on and offline, as the children are meeting out revenge by any means possible.

Banket (Banquet) all sounds very heavy, but this new production by Opera Vlaanderen and its children’s choir, in co-operation with Muziektheater Transparant, is appropriate for children aged nine and above. It covers a number of serious themes, though, like how do you deal with an unfair system, where lie the roots of anger and how is vengeance carried out in a world of social media? Hurry to get tickets to this; they are flying out the door. (In Dutch) 8-12 March, Ghent Opera; 27-31 March, Theater ’t Eilandje, Antwerp

Leuven Jazz

The seventh edition of Leuven Jazz is all about guitars, with more than 60 concerts featuring some of the most famous jazz guitarists in the world. Acts such as the celebrated American jazz guitarist Julian Lage, Dans Dans, Belgian jazz guitarist Fabrizio Graceffa and Albert Vila of Barcelona will be on stage. The final concert of the festival, local music collective IH8 Camera, will feature eight guitarists on stage at once. Side activities include screenings of documentaries on jazz greats and spoken word performance night Jazz’n’Words. 14-24 March, across Leuven

The Place to Be

Site-specific theatre is always a fun experience, but this Victoria Deluxe production outdoes itself. For weeks, the directors took to Fit Out in the town of Destelbergen with a diverse group of players to mingle in with the rest of the fitness crowd. They observed the interactions and the micro-communities present in a gym environment and created a production around it. The Place to Betakes place in Fit Out and explores the relationships very different people have with their bodies, and with each other. The production has little spoken dialogue, and what there is is multi-lingual. A programme book provides translations in Dutch and English. 9-31 March, Fit Out, Damvalleistraat 40, Destelbergen (East Flanders)

Frankenstein

“One man’s life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought.” That’s just one of many moral quandaries in Mary Shelley’s famous tale Frankenstein, now turned into a grand opera with its world premiere at La Monnaie this weekend. It’s the talk of the opera world at the moment, particularly as the new English-language production by American composer Mark Grey and Spanish director Àlex Ollé was meant to premiere three years ago. But Tour & Taxis – the temporary home to Brussels opera when its building was undergoing extensive renovations – could not fulfil the requirements of the opera’s advanced technologies. This isn’t just the biggest opera event in Belgium this year – the whole world is watching. Be a part of opera history and buy tickets now; they’re going fast. (In English with French and Dutch surtitles) 8-20 March, De Munt, Muntplein 5