Macbeth: treachery, murder, mud and blood

Seems like they did an excellent job of bring life to Macbeth!

A Glass Half Full

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble…”

“Out damned spot! Out, I say!”

“Is this a dagger which I see before me…?”

They’re lines etched into our memories from school days.  Penned in 1606, today in the right hands – or voices – they bring the bloody story of Macbeth to life on stage in a way the written word cannot.

I’ve only seen Macbeth performed twice. The first – in the 1970s when I was a schoolgirl – was a rather bizarre interpretation in which the setting was not Scotland but medieval Japan, and the warriors were samurai.  After a bit of research I assume that this stage production was based on the 1959 film adaptation Throne of Blood, by the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.  It certainly left an indelible impression on me and my schoolmates.

So it was with some trepidation that I set…

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