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  • 12 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 244 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.5 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 822.3/3
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PR2823.A2 W55 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Macbeth,--King of Scotland,--active 11th century--Drama
    • Macbeth,--King of Scotland,--active 11th century--In literature
    • Shakespeare, William,--1564-1616--Stage history
    • Shakespeare, William,--1564-1616.--Macbeth
    • Scotland--In literature

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521495622 | ISBN-10: 0521495628)

This is a detailed account of the theatre history of Shakespeare's Macbeth from 1607 to the present day. The shortest of the tragedies, Macbeth is compressed, complex and ambiguous and has been variously interpreted. The Introduction describes major productions and performers including David Garrick, Sarah Siddons, Henry Irving, Ellen Terry and Laurence Olivier. Sarah Siddons, the greatest Lady Macbeth, portrayed her as a ruthlessly ambitious woman who dominated her husband. Irving, on the other hand, saw Macbeth as 'a bloody-minded villain', unlike his wife, played by Ellen Terry, who was gentle and devoted. Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, in the most successful production of the last century, were united in their ambition and pursuit of evil. A detailed commentary alongside the New Cambridge Shakespeare text of the play describes how specific episodes and passages have been interpreted in the theatre.

• A detailed account, arranged chronologically, of the major productions and performances, including films • The account starts from 1607 and comes right up to 2001 • A commentary accompanying the NCS text, describes the ways in which actors and directors have interpreted specific passages


List of illustrations; Series editor's preface; Acknowledgements; List of productions; Introduction; Macbeth and commentary; Bibliography; Index.


'I cannot recommend too highly the whole series (a bargain at £16.99 for each play) to all theatre lovers, theatregoers, theatre practitioners, and anybody who enjoys Shakespeare.' Robert Tanitch, What's on in London

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