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Macbeth

"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. Directed by Obie Award-winning director Melia Bensussen. 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.

Photos & Videos

Melia Bensussen.

Gregory Boover. Photo by Eloy Garcia.

Melia Bensussen, Nigel Gore, Thomas Brazzle, Deaon Griffin-Pressley. Photo by Eloy Garcia

Ella Loudon and Jonathan Croy. Photo by Eloy Garcia.

Nigel Gore. Photo by Eloy Garcia.

Tod Randolph. Photo by Eloy Garcia.

Zoe Laiz. Photo by Eloy Garcia.

Thomas Brazzle and Gregory Boover. Photo by Eloy Garcia.

Ella Loudon and Jonathan Croy. Photo by Eloy Garcia.

Melia Bensussen, Tod Randolph, Nigel Gore, Zoe Laiz. Photo by Eloy Garcia.

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
Ariel Bock

Ariel Bock

(Vocal Coach)

thirty-fifth season (Producing Associate; Director, Pride and Prejudice; Vocal Coach, Macbeth, As You Like It) S&Co: Mom (Ugly Lies the Bone); Mistress Quickly (Henry IV Pts. 1 & 2); Goneril (King Lear); Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing); Elizabeth (Richard III); Audrey (As You Like It); Hippolyta (Midsummer

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Gregory Boover

Gregory Boover

(Young Siward)

sixth season (Silvius/Amiens, As You Like It; Young Siward, Macbeth) S&Co: Leo (4000 Miles), Scaramouch (The Emperor of the Moon), Feste/Fabian (Twelfth Night), Macduff/Duncan (Macbeth), Musician/Composer (An Iliad), Greg (SLaW), Polonius/Horatio (Hamlet), Nurse/Friar (R&J), Ensemble (The Tempest), Damis (Tartuffe). Off-Off B’way: Ernst, Spring Awakening: A Sin of

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Thomas Brazzle

Thomas Brazzle

(Macduff)

fifth season (Macduff, Macbeth; Oliver/Aubrey, As You Like It) S&Co: Posthumous, Cymbeline; Sebastian, The Tempest, Proteus, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Gobbo, The Merchant of Venice; Richard II; Walter, Kaufman’s Barbershop. Regional: Treasure Island (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Edmund, King Lear (Guthrie Theater); Grand Concourse; The Droll (WAM

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Jonathan Croy

Jonathan Croy

(Macbeth)

thirty-second season (Macbeth, Macbeth; Associate Director of Education) A Company member since 1982, Jon has played more than 70 roles in over 60 plays at Shakespeare & Company, including: Michael (God of Carnage), Uncle Billy/Old Man Potter (It’s a Wonderful Life); Pistol/French King, (Henry V); John of Gaunt,

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Olivera Gajic

Olivera Gajic

(Costume Designer)

first season (Costume Designer, Macbeth) Olivera Gajic is a New York-based costume designer. Olivera was featured in the US National Exhibit at the 2004 & 2007 Prague Quadrennial; Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance (Lincoln Center). She is the recipient of a

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Nigel Gore

Nigel Gore

(Duncan/Porter)

eleventh season (Porter/Duncan, Macbeth; Dukes Frederick & Senior, As You Like It) Off-Broadway: Pickering, Pygmalion, Bedlam. Dr. Rank, A Doll’s House, Ostermark, The Father, TFANA; Col. Brandon, Sense & Sensibility, Dorn, The Seagull, Bedlam; Women of Will. Regional: Mrs. Jennings, Sense & Sensibility, Bedlam/A.R.T., Prospero, The Tempest; Sir

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Deaon  Griffin-Pressley

Deaon Griffin-Pressley

(Malcolm)

third season (Malcolm, Macbeth; Orlando, As You Like It) A New York City based actor/playwright/singer originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Off-Broadway and regional theatre include Actors’ Shakespeare Project: Richmond/Hastings +8; Richard III. Shakespeare & Company: Ferdinand, The Tempest; Pisanio +6, Cymbeline; Osric, Hamlet; Lorenzo, The Merchant of Venice.

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Hope Rose Kelly

Hope Rose Kelly

(Stage Manager)

fifteenth season (Stage Manager, Morning After Grace, Macbeth, Heisenberg; Production Stage Manager) S&Co: Cymbeline, God of Carnage, Or, Two Gentleman of Verona, Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Comedy of Errors, Richard II, Rough Crossing, Blue/Orange, The Ladies Man, Othello,

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Zoë Laiz

Zoë Laiz

(Hecate)

seventh season (Hecate/Lady Macduff, Macbeth; Celia, As You Like It) Past S&Co credits include: 4000 Miles (Amanda, BTCC Award Nomination), Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Lydia Wickham), The Emperor of the Moon (Bellemante), Northeast Regional Tour of Twelfth Night (Olivia/Antonia). New York: The Daerie Queene (Julie) at Dixon

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Ella Loudon

Ella Loudon

(Banquo)

second season (Banquo, Macbeth; Phoebe, As You Like It) S&Co: Miranda, The Tempest; Guiderius, Cymbeline, Theatre: Kent, King Lear, Marta, The Patsy, Devil/Woland, The Master and Margarita, Nina, The Seagull, Amy, Citizenship, Zeus, Metamorphosis, Indiana Elliot, Mother of Us All. Film: The Double, Maneater, Trauma in a Time

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Tod Randolph

Tod Randolph

(Lady Macbeth)

twentieth season (Lady Macbeth, Macbeth) S&Co: Or,; The How and the Why; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Cassandra Speaks; As You Like It; Richard III; Enchanted April; MSND; Vita & Virginia; Love’s Labor’s Lost; A Room of One’s Own; King Lear; Merchant of Venice; Othello;

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Mark Zeisler

Mark Zeisler

(Ross)

second season (Ross, Macbeth; Charles/Jaques, As You Like It) S&Co: The Tempest (Antonio.) Broadway: A View From the Bridge, Brooklyn Boy, The Big Knife. Off-Broadway: Rancho Viejo, Piece of My Heart, eurydice, The Sex Lives of our Parents, The Accomplices. Regional: A View from the Bridge at The

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Brendan F Doyle

(Sound Designer)

first season (Sound Designer, Macbeth) Brendan F. Doyle is a sound designer, engineer, and artisan working primarily in live performance applications: theatrical sound design, live music, and bespoke audio objects. He holds a MSc in Sound Design from the University of Edinburgh, and a BFA in Theatre

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Ted Hewlett

(Fight Coach)

first season (Fight Director, Macbeth) Ted Hewlett is an actor, fight director, and teacher. In New York City, he has performed in Shogun (original Broadway cast), as well as at Pan Asian Rep, Mettawee River Co., Lincoln Center Institute, and HERE. Regional theatre performance credits include Shakespeare

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Dan Kotlowitz

Dan Kotlowitz

(Lighting Designer)

second season (Lighting Designer, Macbeth, Heisenberg) Past shows at S&Co: King John and Taming of the Shrew. Dan has designed lights for NY Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, The New Federal Theatre, The Astor Place, The Huntington Theatre, Trinity Rep, Centerstage, St Louis Rep, La

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Cristina Todesco

(Set Designer)

first season (Scenic designer, Macbeth) Theater companies include Actors’ Shakespeare Project, ART Institute, Company One, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the Culture Project, Gloucester Stage, Huntington Theatre, Boston Playwrights, Merrimack Repertory Theater, New Repertory Theater, Olney Theater Center, Orfeo Group, Poet’s Theater, Speakeasy Stage Company, Harbor Stage, Summer Play

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