Shakespeare's Globe

RSS Rehearsal Notes 4

This is Jasper's fourth blog post. This week he discusses the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, his interpretations of his character and how they affect Mabeth's relationship with the Witches.

Transcript of Podcast

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

We’ve been exploring the extremes of the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. For instance, how far will each character go in order to intimidate the other? For me, it's difficult to explore these extremes because I’m a rather calm person. As Macbeth, I’m running around in a state of terror, not only because of the murder, but maybe because of my wife's intimidating nature.

Despite the intimidation, Eve and I have an amazing chemistry on stage, a real sense of togetherness. We believe that this couple commits the murder for love. It's almost as if he's two different people and so is she.

Macbeth and the Witches

As to my character, I’m trying to play him in a way that it typically wouldn’t be played. I’m battling against preconceived notions of the character. It was really effective during the Witches’ scene. When I first met them, instead of being frightened, I laughed. Tim [Carroll, Master of Play] was pleased with this moment. He said it really worked as an insight into Macbeth's character, a character who is slightly unstable in his intention. I really don’t want to get trapped into playing Macbeth as just being soldierly. I think the character has more depth than that.

These comments are the actor's thoughts or ideas about the part as s/he goes through the rehearsal process – they are simply his/her own interpretations and may change frequently as the rehearsal process progresses.

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