Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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Infamously known as the cursed Scottish play, Macbeth is perhaps the darkest Shakespeare tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way - including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
James Marsters as Macbeth;
Joanne Whalley as Lady Macbeth;
Josh Cooke as Banquo and others;
JD Cullum as Macduff and Second Murderer;
Dan Donohue as Ross;
Jeannie Elias as Second Witch and others;
Chuma Gault as Lennox and Servant;
Jon Matthews as Malcolm;
Alan Shearman as Angus and others;
André Sogliuzzo as Donalbain, Third Witch and others;
Kate Steele as Lady Macduff, First Witch and Apparition;
Kris Tabori as Duncan and others.

Directed by Martin Jarvis. Sound effects by Tony Palermo. Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in May, 2011.

About William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.
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Publishers Weekly

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Audio productions of Shakespeare’s work can be a challenge to execute, but L.A. Theatre Works delivers a gripping full-cast dramatization that keeps listeners engaged from start to finish. When Macbet

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The Guardian

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Macbeth claims that Duncan's sons flee Scotland "filling their hearers with strange invention".

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The Telegraph

The three witches are superbly sinister, constantly watching the action like creepy voyeurs and manifesting themselves on the most unexpected occasions, while Frank Scantori makes a spectacularly lewd and grotesque Porter, at one stage writhing helplessly on the floor like a blubbery, be...

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The Telegraph

Of some baleful chemistry between her and Macbeth – sexual obsession, domination, folie à deux – there is no trace.

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San Francisco Chronicle

The only other times the drama becomes as concentrated are in Elsman's fine-tuned soliloquies - particularly the depth of grief in his "Tomorrow and tomorrow" - and Coopwood's stunned passion at the news of his family's massacre.

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Oregon Live

ASHLAND - The play “Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella,” the most adventuresome and unusual offering of this Oregon Shakespeare Festival season, gets its first chuckle with its first line: “When shall we three meet again?” Those words are famous as the opening of “Macbeth.” But unless you’ve been brought i...

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NY Daily News

For visual punch, the directors rely on a doll, mirror, bathtub and a trio of TV screens, where witches are seen and a spooky moment echoes “Paranormal Activity.” The show’s best special effect is Cumming himself, a spiky and adventuresome actor whose performances have have taken him from his ...

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The Hollywood Reporter

Ali Craig, Myra McFadyen Playwright: William Shakespeare Directors: John Tiffany, Andrew Goldberg Set and costume designer: Merle Hensel Lighting designer: Natasha Chivers Music: Max Richter Sound designer: Fergus O’Hare Movement director: Christine Devaney Video designer: Ian William Gal...

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The Hollywood Reporter

Following last summer’s superb King Lear, the Antaeus Company returns with director Jessica Kubzansky’s Macbeth, completely double-cast in the Antaeus tradition (one troupe dubbed “The Thanes” and the other “The Kinsmen,” which alternate on weekends, with intermixed casts scrambled on weekday per...

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Broad Street Review

There’s a lavish ensemble “dance of death” scene in a huge ballroom, followed by the naked Macbeths in bed, followed by the murders in yet another room, (I wasn’t fast enough to catch up and see it), followed by a bloodied Macbeth in a tub being bathed by Lady M.

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