Author: William Shakespeare
Translator: Jong-cheol Choi
151 pages | 225*132mm
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About This Book
Macbeth is William Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and one of his most popular
works. It is frequently performed at professional and community theatres around
The play is seen as an archetypal tale of dangers of the lust for power and betrayal of friends. It is loosely based upon the historical account of King Macbeth of Scotland, by the Scottish philosopher Hector Boece, which flattered the antecedents of Boece's patron King James VI of Scotland, also known as King James I of England, and greatly maligned the real Macbeth, King of Scots.
Macbeth incorporates characteristic features of a morality play. Scholars think it an archetypal Jacobean play, with plenty of endorsements of James I's reign, and place its composition around 1606. There is considerable evidence that the text of the play as we have it incorporates later revisions by Thomas Middleton, who inserted popular passages (notably an extra scene involving the witches, for such scenes proved highly popular with audiences) from his own play The Witch (1615).
On the stage, Lady Macbeth is seen by many as one of the most challenging roles for women in theatre.
Actors often consider the play to be 'unlucky', and usually refer to it as The Scottish Play rather than by name. The characters are sometimes referred to as Mackers and Lady Mackers. To say the name of the play inside a theatre is considered to doom the production to failure.
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