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  • Macbeth

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Stephen Dillane, Fiona Shaw, full cast
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    By the time Shakespeare came to write Macbeth - almost certainly in 1605/1606 - he had already completed three of the great tragedies with which modern audiences are so familiar: Hamlet (1601), Othello (1603), and King Lear (1605). Each of those plays gives us an eponymous hero who is in some significant way flawed, but for whom we also inevitably feel deep sympathy, whatever his errors or crimes. But in MacBeth, Shakespeare has chosen for his tragic hero a man guilty of the most terrible crime imaginable to a Jacobean audience, that of regicide - the murder of a king.

    Marius says: "Fire burn and cauldron bubble - an excellent stew"
    "Water, Water, Everywhere"
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    Too many bells and whistles. The quality of ambience should not be so strained. The relentless thematic use of water noise - dripping, decanting, gurgling, splashing, washing, raining - threatened to drown the very strut and fret of this finest of plays.

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