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Macbeth by William Shakespeare
*Tickets on sale March 08, 2018

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

"Let not light see my black and deep desires."

A gripping tale of blind ambition and nefarious plotting by two of Shakespeare's most notorious anti-heroes of all time, Macbeth is a deliciously shadowy thrill ride. When yearning and imagination collide in the darkest recesses of a passionate mind, there may be blood. If victims fall in the consumption of power, the conscience can devour itself from within. Peace and sleep do not come without a reckoning. Such is the eternal and towering reminder of this stunning classic. Not to be missed!

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Plot Summary

On his return from a successful series of battles, Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, learns that he has been given the title and lands of the Thane of Cawdor. His compatriot and brother in arms, Banquo, has also learned from three witches that he will be progenitor to a line of kings. While Macbeth himself is stirred by the prophecy that he may be king, King Duncan declares that his son, Malcolm, the Prince of Cumberland, shall be the heir to the throne, and Macbeth is shaken to the core.

Lady Macbeth learns of these developments as she prepares to host King Duncan in her castle, and plots to have him die there. By morning the king is dead, stabbed in his sleep, his guards are murdered and posthumously blamed for the king’s death.

King Duncan’s sons, fearing for their lives, flee to England and Ireland, and their flight is perceived as an indication of their having killed King Duncan. Macbeth is therefore crowned king, but immediately suspects Banquo, whose issue were prophesied to be kings, as a threat to his rule and has him assassinated.

Macduff heads off to England to join forces with Malcolm, leaving his family vulnerable in Fife, where they are promptly murdered on orders from Macbeth.

On visiting the witches for solace, Macbeth leaves thinking he’s invincible, as he prepares for battle in Dunsinane against Malcolm’s army. The witches have told him that “none of woman born shall harm Macbeth”, and that Macbeth shall never be vanquished unless the forest of Birnham Wood advances upon his castle, a ridiculous notion.

As the walls close in around Macbeth, and Lady Macbeth becomes devoured by the guilt of their actions, the witches’ prophesies become devastatingly clear.

Artists

Melia Bensussen

Melia Bensussen

(Director) (First season), an Obie-award winning director, also adapts and translates new works for the stage. She is thrilled to be directing at Shakespeare and Company for the first time. Most recent credits include A Doll’s House (Huntington Theatre), and the world premiere of Faithful Cheaters (Trinity Rep). more(Director) (First season), an Obie-award winning director, also adapts and translates new works for the stage. She is thrilled to be directing at Shakespeare and Company for the first time. Most recent credits include A Doll’s House (Huntington Theatre), and the world premiere of Faithful Cheaters (Trinity Rep). Among other credits are numerous productions with Actors Shakespeare Project in Boston, as well as work at Merrimack Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Hartford Stage Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the New York Shakespeare Festival, MCC, Primary Stages, the Long Wharf Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, ATL/Humana Festival, People’s Light and Theatre Company (Barrymore nomination), and Playwrights Horizons. Raised in Mexico City, Melia is fluent in Spanish and has translated and adapted a variety of texts including her edition of the Langston Hughes translation of Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding. She is currently working on a new version of Lorca’s Yerma to be workshopped at ACT in SF this winter. She is a recipient of Directing Awards by the Princess Grace Foundation, and the Drama League Directing Fellowship. Melia now serves as Chair of the Arts Advisory Board for the Princess Grace Foundation, and is Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Emerson College in Boston.

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