The Tragedy of Macbeth, commonly just Macbeth, is a play by William Shakespeare about a regicide and its aftermath. It is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and is believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607. The earliest account of a performance of what was likely Shakespeare's play is April 1611, when Simon Forman recorded seeing such a play at the Globe Theatre. It was first published in the Folio of 1623, possibly from a prompt book for a specific performance.
Shakespeare's sources for the tragedy are the accounts of Macbeth, Macduff, and Duncan in Holinshed's Chronicles (1587), a history of England, Scotland and Ireland familiar to Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
In the back-stage world of theatre, some believe the play is cursed and will not mention its name aloud, referring to it instead as The Scottish play.
Over the centuries, the play has attracted the greatest actors in the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The play has been adapted to film, television, opera, novels, comic books, video games and other media.
Here we have a very fine production of The Scottish Play from the BBC.
Ken Stott (Macbeth) Phyllis Logan (Lady Macbeth/Third Witch), Tom Mannion (Macduff) Liam Brennan (Banquo) Hugh Ross (Duncan) Alan Cox (Malcolm) Paul Higgins (Lennox) Alastair Galbraith (Ross) Kenny Ireland (Porter) Graham Crowden (Old Man) Ken Drury (Doctor) Iain Stuart Robinson (Seyton) Tracy Wiles (First Witch/Lady Macduff) Kathleen McGoldrick (Second Witch/Gentlewoman) William McBain (Sergeant/Second Murderer) Gavin Muir (First Murderer/Siward) Stuart Wilkinson (Fleance/Young Siward)
Directed by Richard Eyre
First broadcast on 10 September 2000
Type: mpeg 1 layer III Bitrate: 192 kbps Mode: stereo Frequency: 44.100 kHz Length: 1 hr, 59 mins Encoder: Unknown.