A powerful commentary on unchecked ambition and power, Macbeth, is one of Shakespeare’s most influential contributions to world literature. The play, read by millions each year, offers timeless lessons about motivation and human nature.
On a deserted moor shrouded in mist, a warrior returning from the battlefield is met by three old women who deliver a chilling prophecy – that one day he will be crowned King of all Scotland. So begins one of Shakespeare’s most exciting plays, The Tragedy of Macbeth – a thrilling tale of ruthless ambition, deadly deception, intense paranoia, and ultimately, insanity. This is a world where “fair is foul and foul is fair.”
After Macbeth receives the prophecy, he is given a new title by a grateful King Duncan. This sends both Macbeth and his wife into a frenzied lust for power that results in the brutal murder of the King. As the Macbeths try to consolidate their power, they are besieged by paranoid visions, terrifying phantoms, and the unraveling of their minds.
Aquila Theatre breathes new life and vigorous dramatic fire into this wickedly famous work, with The New Yorker describing their productions as “The classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging” while The New York Times exclaims “The excellent Aquila Theatre, an extraordinarily inventive and disciplined outfit.”
The taking of photographs or operating of recording devices during the performance is strictly prohibited.
A truncated version as part of the ABT Student Matinee Series is recommended for grades 8+