‘fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
Of direst cruelty! make thick my blood;’
Act I, scene 5
Returning as heroes from the battlefield, Macbeth and Banquo encounter three witches who prophesy that Macbeth will become King of Scotland. When Lady Macbeth learns of this, she compels her husband to murder King Duncan, unleashing a brutal cycle of bloodshed, paranoia and guilt, as the couple do whatever is needed to cling to the crown.
Macbeth is a timely reminder of the destruction that can result from the quest for power, and an examination of the evil forces that can take root in the imagination of a tyrant. The flickering candlelight of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse provides the perfect setting for Shakespeare’s unsettling variation on the theme of the Faustian pact.
In our first festival of the season, we will explore early modern and modern responses to the themes of power and corruption.
Ambitious Fiends runs November 2018 – February 2019 and includes Macbeth, Doctor Faustus, Dark Night of the Soul and Ralegh: The Treason Trial.
Leading Shakespeare scholars, with the support of Globe actors, offer inspiring introductory talks before the performance.
Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
£8 (£6 Members / Students)
Wednesday 21 November 2018, 6.00pm
Tuesday 22 January 2019, 6.00pm
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