Lenox High School's Macbeth
29th Fall Festival of Shakespeare
Nov 16, 2017
6:15PM - 7:30PM
Directed by Rory Hammon and David Bertoldi
Time: 6:15 PM
Where: The Tina Packer Playhouse
WEEKEND PASS: $80/Adult and $35 Student
SINGLE TICKETS: $16/Adult and $10 Students
Macbeth and Banquo, generals in the service of King Duncan of Scotland, are returning victorious from battle. They are hailed by three witches who prophesy that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland, whereas only Banquo's descendants will be kings. The first part of the prophesy is soon fulfilled when Duncan rewards Macbeth's loyal service: encouraged by this, and playing on her husband's ambition, Lady Macbeth persuades him to murder Duncan while he is a guest at their castle. Malcolm and Donalbain, Duncan's sons, flee to England for safety.
Macbeth, now King, has Banquo murdered in an attempt to secure his own position, but Banquo's ghost appears to him at a banquet. Macbeth visits the witches again. They assure him of two things: that he cannot be harmed by any man born of woman, and that until the forest of Birnam Wood moves to the castle Dunsinane he will be safe. But they also warn him to beware of Macduff, a noble who has also fled to England. So, Macbeth orders the murder of Macduff’s wife and children.
In England, Malcolm and Macduff raise an army to march against Macbeth, but he, armed with the witches' prophecy, believes himself invincible. As his enemies draw nearer, Macbeth learns that his wife, who has been sleepwalking, hallucinating blood on her hands, and speaking of King Duncan's murder, is dead.
Macbeth faces Macduff in combat but when he learns Macduff was born by Caesarian section he realizes that he must face death. Macduff defeats Macbeth and Malcolm is crowned King of Scotland!