The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare By: William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Murder and madness, witches and war: a recording of Macbeth, perhaps Shakespeare’s best known tragedy. Macbeth, a general in King Duncan’s army, is given a prophecy by a trio of witches: he himself will become king. First Page: by William Shakespeare Dramatis Personae SCENE: Scotland and England ACT I...
Macbeth A poster for a c. 1884 American production of Macbeth, starring Thomas W. Keene. Depicted, counterclockwise from top-left, are: Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches; just after the murder of Duncan; Banquo's ghost; Macbeth duels Macduff; and Macbeth. Macbeth (full title The Tragedy of Macbeth) is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and is considered one of his darkest and most powerful works. The play is believed to have been written between 1599 and 1606, and is most commonly dated 1606. Characters Plot Macbeth and Banquo encounter the witches for the first time The play opens amidst thunder and lightning, and the Three Witches decide that their next meeting shall be with Macbeth. King Duncan welcomes and praises Macbeth and Banquo, and declares that he will spend the night at Macbeth's castle at Inverness; he also names his son Malcolm as his heir. Despite his success, Macbeth, also aware of this part of the prophecy, remains uneasy. Sources Date and text
William Shakespeare Quotes at AbsoluteShakespeare.com William Shakespeare quotes such as "To be, or not to be" and "O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?" form some of literature's most celebrated lines. Other famous Shakespeare quotes such as "I 'll not budge an inch", "We have seen better days" ,"A dish fit for the gods" and the expression it's "Greek to me" have all become catch phrases in modern day speech. Furthermore, other William Shakespeare quotes such as "to thine own self be true" have become widely spoken pearls of wisdom. Sonnet 18 "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Hamlet To be, or not to be: that is the question". - (Act III, Scene I). "Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry". - (Act I, Scene III). "This above all: to thine own self be true". - (Act I, Scene III). "Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't.". - (Act II, Scene II). "That it should come to this!". "What a piece of work is man! "In my mind's eye". - (Act I, Scene II).
William Shakespeare AUDIO Antony and Cleopatra, Love's Labour's Lost, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, and The Tragedy of Julius Caesar are productions of Actors' Theatre, Davis Discovery Program, and Government Television (GTC-3) of Columbus, Ohio What's It All About, Shakespeare?: Superstition and The Scottish Play Despite Macbeth's popularity, it has been dogged by superstition and rumours of curses from its very first production. The well-worn tradition of actors not saying “Macbeth” is all too familiar. But, from where did the notion of a cursed play arise? Coincidentally, one of the very aspects of the play that proved its popularity is thought to be the origin of a dreadful curse. Why is Macbeth Considered an Unlucky Play? Rumour has it that Shakespeare used genuine rituals to create the first scene of act IV, in which the audience observes the weird sisters dancing, chanting and mixing a peculiar concoction in their cauldron. Some people believe that the real witches of Shakespeare’s time were displeased with the theatrical representation of their rituals and, subsequently, placed a curse on the play. Another theory asserts that the notion of bad luck developed in theatre companies, because it would often be nominated as a fallback play. The First Performance of Macbeth
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The Scottish Play The Scottish Play and the The Bard's Play are euphemisms for William Shakespeare's Macbeth. The first is a reference to the play's Scottish setting, the second a reference to Shakespeare's popular nickname. According to a theatrical superstition, called the Scottish curse, speaking the name Macbeth inside a theatre will cause disaster. Because of this superstition, the lead character is most often referred to as the Scottish King or Scottish Lord. Origins Those who believe in the curse claim that real spells are cast in the three witches scene. Actors who do not believe the superstition will sometimes abstain out of politeness to those that do. The popularity of the superstition might also be related to its mild hazing aspect. According to the superstition, Shakespeare got a few of the lines from an actual coven of witches and when they saw the play they were greatly offended and cursed the play. Cleansing rituals Notes External links
Shakespeare Unbound - the arts,english(9,10) - ABC Splash - Add this to your favourites Shakespeare Unbound Like Shakespeare's stories but think the tights are boring and the old-fashioned language is hard to follow? Splash and Bell Shakespeare bring you some of Shakespeare's most famous scenes set in the modern day. Then meet the actors to hear their interpretations. About this digibook What is Shakespeare Unbound? watch Credits Who is this for? Secondary The Arts, English Years: 9, 10 Source: Bell Shakespeare Find more resources from Bell Shakespeare Copyright information Metadata © Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Education Services Australia Ltd 2012 (except where otherwise indicated). Belongs to the topic: Shakespeare Related keywords: Othello | The Tempest | Julius Caesar | Bell Shakespeare | William Shakespeare | Romeo and Juliet | Macbeth | Hamlet | John Bell What to view next: The value of Shakespeare English Years: 9,10 English: an evolving language English Year: 10 Shakespeare words: the process of language ch ... English Year: 9
New Page 1 [History] [Macbeth for King James] [Photos 1] [Photos 2] The Stevenage Lytton Players performed Macbeth at The Lytton Theatre Stevenage from Tuesday 23rd April 2002, until Saturday 27th April 2002. The story goes that Macbeth was first performed before King James I at Hampton Court in 1606. No one knows for certain if that is true. Since Shakespeare's time, Macbeth has been an ever-popular play. Sir William Davenant (who claimed to be Shakespeare's illegitimate son) presented a radically changed version in 1672. Although there were attempts to return to original version the operatic additions to Macbeth persisted. Only in the 20th century were the spectacular operatic effects removed. So is the Stevenage Lytton Players production going to follow in the footsteps on Davenant with lavish sets and flying witches? With Dave Slade (who put Romeo & Juliet in a disaster torn future and Chess on an empty Gordon Craig Theatre stage) directing you'll just have to wait and see. The Origin
Macbeth l Historical Background l Elizabethan World Order Elizabethan World Order This theory, based on the Greek philosopher Aristotle’s concept of the universe, was of great importance to Shakespeare’s contemporaries and was used by him in developing events in his plays. According to this idea, everything in the world had its position fixed by God. The Earth was the centre of the universe and the stars moved around it in fixed routes. In Heaven God ruled over the archangels and angels. high position (such as a King, Nobleman or General) could expect (owing to a change in fortune) to suffer some disappointment or “fall”.