Macbeth was Shakespeare's last tragedy play and arguably his greatest. Bringing a tale of regicide to the stage, Macbeth tells a story of ambition and treachery that has been told all over the world. By writing Macbeth, Shakespeare left a legacy that has given us incredible adaptations involving first-class actors including Patrick Stewart, Orson Welles and Judi Dench. The play's impact has even led to a theatrical myth that the title of the play should not be uttered backstage unless you want to incur bad luck.
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Probably written around 1603-7, Macbeth is the volatile story of the Scottish general of the same name. After a meeting with three witches during which it is prophesised that Macbeth will become king, Lady Macbeth spurs her husband to murder the current King Duncan in order to ascend to the throne. After Duncan's sons are framed, Macbeth takes up his place as king, only to discover that he must commit further murders, of both his friends and his enemies, in order to maintain his place on the throne. Eventually wracked with guilt for their actions, the Macbeths are met with their tragic demise and the rightful heir takes up the throne. The Macbeth play has secured itself a place in the English canon and is a firm favourite among theatregoers and actors alike. It is regularly cited as one of the most important cultural contributions of all time, its relevance and dramatic power resonating with audiences as strongly today as it did upon its conception.
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