At the center of each of the four great Shakespearean tragedies - Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello - is a powerful figure who is led to destruction by a fatal character flaw. In the case of Macbeth it is ambition. Initially a valiant warrior and staunch servant of his regal overlord Duncan, Macbeth succumbs to the lure of absolute political domination, which leads to murder, revolt, and comprehensive defeat.
Many scholars agree that Macbeth, which was first published in the First Folio of 1623, was probably written about 1606. It was intended to be highly laudatory to the recently crowned King James I, whose accession united the crowns of England and Scotland and who was considered to be a distant descendent of Banquo. The play also relates a number of contemporary issues, including witch trials and demonology, a subject in which King James had a great interest, and the Gunpowder plot of 1605.
Duncan, The Porter, Second Murderer, and Doctor - Phil Benson Malcolm - Jeff Moon Donalbain and Servant - Maureen Boutilier Macbeth - Bob Neufeld Third Witch and Lady Macbeth - Linda Barrans Banquo and the Apparitions - Denis Daly Sergeant and MacDuff - Brett Downey First Witch and Lady MacDuff - Cate Barratt Second Witch, MacDuff's Son and Gentlewoman - Libby Stephenson Lennox - Alan Weyman Ross and Menteith - Marty Krzy Angus, Third Murderer, a Lord, and Seyton - Andrew Coleman First Murderer, Caithness, and Soldier - Victor Bazarov Old Man and Siward - John Burlinson Fleance and Young Siward - Becca Maggie Messenger - Michele Eaton Stage directions read by Denis Daly
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