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William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (The Scottish play)
April 6, 2010, 19:25
Filed under: Shakespeare

Yesterday I went  to a production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, also known as “The Scottish play”. Ever since Macbeth was first performed, people have often set it in the present day, so for this performance the group (there are only 6 actors [ three men and three women] )  chose the conflict in Yugoslavia in the 1990s.  The lines were in the original Shakespearean English, but the characters had automatic rifles instead of  swords, and the king wore a general’s cap. Personally, I liked hearing the actors say lines like “I feel a pricking at my thumb, something wicked this way comes” ;  “Double, double, toil and trouble” ; and “Out, damned spot!”. My favorite scene is where Macbeth comes upon the witches in a cave and they are saying, “Double, double,toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble” and they show him 3 apparitions which say “Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth” and warn him “Beware Macduff”  and reassure him that “None of woman born shall harm Macbeth” and “Macbeth shall never vanquished be until great Birnam wood shall come to high Dunsinane hill against him.” All in all, I liked The Scottish play so much that I would like to see another performance of it.


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Cool beans.

Comment by Zach

Gotta love those witches.

Can you tell us why the actors call it “The Scottish Play”?

Comment by Hades

For anyone who was wondering about that, there’s a story that there’s a curse on the play so it’s bad luck to say the M-word.

Comment by Hephaestus

buzz cut

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Comment by Hephaestus

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Comment by Zach

Sounds quite interesting. Where did you see the play?

Looking forward to your next posting.

Comment by Bruce

I saw the Scottish play again today! this time it had a reasonable number of actors, and according to the director, who should know better than anyone else, it was set in the 1920s.

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