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Infamously known as the cursed Scottish play, Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way - including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: James Marsters as Macbeth; Joanne Whalley as Lady Macbeth; Josh Cooke as Banquo and others; J.D. Cullum as Macduff and Second Murderer; Dan Donohue as Ross; Jeannie Elias as Second Witch and others; Chuma Gault as Lennox and Servant; Jon Matthews as Malcolm; Alan Shearman as Angus and others; André Sogliuzzo as Donalbain, Third Witch and others; Kate Steele as Lady Macduff, First Witch and Apparition; Kris Tabori as Duncan and others.
Directed by Martin Jarvis. Sound effects by Tony Palermo. Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in May 2011.
Public Domain (P)2011 L.A. Theatre Works
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By SydSavvy on 02-03-14

Might want to Read Along

Ok, unless you have the play memorized, this is hard to follow without the characters before you on the stage, but it is still just EXCELLENT. Don't let that difficulty stop you, just listen to this with the play or a guide in front of you, so you always remember who is speaking and where they are.

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By Monika on 12-28-11

Enjoyable all-cast performance

I greatly enjoyed listening to this full-cast performance. There was great chemistry between the lead cast Mr. Marsters and Mrs. Whalley which sparked the story.
The sound effects were appropriate and didn't distract. A few of the male voices sounded similar, so sometimes it took a while to distinguish the different characters (if you are not very familiar with the lines)
All in all a production in the typical LATW quality and a bargain if you look at the price.

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By Silvernin on 12-05-17

argh American accents!!

I'm pretty sure Macbeth wasn't an American. not a great version unfortunately. it is a strange story too though

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By Luke on 06-27-17

Yanks lack the passion of performance.

Had I known this was an American performance of MacBeth. I wouldn't have purchased it. It just didn't sound great. And the cast lacked the passion needed for the Scottish play. Very disappointed. Stick to English if not Scottish versions.

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By BRYAN L. on 05-30-15

Good performance marred by accents.

This condensation is reasonable, but listeners not familiar with the original may flounder to follow the story-line at places. The production values are good, sound-effects used with restraint. and performances pitched well at this intimate medium. But one flaw spoils the otherwise good acting; and that is accents. Shakespeare is the most British of all playwrights; the setting is Scotland and England, yet all but one actor (who plays several small parts), and another (with a very brief appearance), have American accents. And at one point, currency is referred to as "dollars!!!". If American plays are staged in Britain, then the actors use American accents. If American actors are worth their salt, they should have no trouble with British accents, mandatory for Shakespeare!

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