From the 2013-2014 Season:
Playing April 05, 2014 to May 04, 2014
$15 General Admission Previews Thurs April 3 & Friday April 4
Witches … prophecy … greed … desire for power … a wife’s yearnings … which is it that seals the tragic fate of Macbeth and his country? Journey to Scotland for this haunting tale. Macbeth is sure to thrill and to chill.
A part of The Shakespeare Evolution Series!
Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday April 13 after the show!
Read the Plot Synopsis
Upon a “blasted heath” near Forres, three Witches, Weird Sisters, meeting the King of Scotland’s generals, Macbeth and Banquo, hail Macbeth in a triple prophecy, ending with the promise of kingship. Banquo is told that he “shall get kings, though thou be none”. After King Duncan has made him Thane of Cawdor (as the Witches promised), Macbeth knows that he and his unflinching wife are ambitious for the greater honour. She drives him onward; and that night he murders the sleeping King, their guest at the castle of Dunsinane. At dawn (Act II) Macduff and Lennox discover the murder, assumed to be by the King’s sons, Donalbain and Malcolm, who fly for safety. Macbeth goes to Forres to be crowned. Remembering the Witches’ prophecies, he has Banquo killed (Act III), but Banquo’s son Fleance escapes; that night Banquo’s ghost appears to Macbeth at a state banquet.
Macbeth goes (Act IV) to the Witches’ “pit of Acheron”, where he hears that he must beware Macduff, that he is to fear no man born of woman, and that he will remain unvanquished until Birnam Wood has come to Dunsinane. Macduff, meanwhile, has joined Malcolm in England, where he hears that in Fife the tyrant has had his family murdered. Revenge will follow. At Dunsinane (Act V) Lady Macbeth, burdened by guilt, reveals much during her sleepwalking (“Infected minds,” says the doctor, “to their deep pillows will discharge their secrets”). Malcolm’s invading army advances under the shelter of branches from Birnam Wood; Macbeth, who has just learned of his wife’s suicide (“She should have died hereafter”), hears that Birnam Wood is indeed coming towards Dunsinane. Trusting desperately to the charmed life that “must not yield to one of woman born”, he faces in battle Macduff, who cries to him: “Let the angel whom thou still hast serv’d/Tell thee Macduff was from his mother’s womb/Untimely ripp’d”./ Macbeth is slain and Malcolm hailed as King of Scotland.
-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin
Directed by Troy Willis
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What does rating this mean?
You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (though please note that Shakespeare was a bawdy writer, you can’t escape it in any of his plays). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!
We recommend this type of play to families, school-age kids, first-timers to Shakespeare, or anyone who just wants to do something fun on a night off. This type of play is perfect for large groups like birthday parties or special event gatherings.
How to prepare for seeing this kind of play: Just show up! You don’t need to know the play to follow along and enjoy.
Performances this Season
- Charles Dickens’ A Christmas CarolPerformances begin December 05, 2013
- Taming of the Shrew and Timon of Athens (January Repertory)Performances begin January 02, 2014
- The Romance Repertory: The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About NothingPerformances begin January 31, 2014
- MacbethPerformances begin April 05, 2014
- The Comedy of ErrorsPerformances begin May 10, 2014
- Antony and CleopatraPerformances begin June 07, 2014