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Macbeth, a Scottish general, is enslaved by his passion when a trio of witches prophesy that he would one day become the King of Scotland. Blinded by the lust for power, he succumbs to the evil wishes of Lady Macbeth, stabs King Duncan in his sleep and seizes the throne.
But soon enough, Macbeth is tormented by guilt and terror. What will he do to get away from the consequences of his crime?
A drama of dark desire, violence and fear, Shakespeare’s Macbeth reveals how evil can rule over a man’s goodness. One of the two most-performed plays by Shakespeare on BBC Radio, it has influenced numerous literary and non-literary adaptations across the centuries and continues to be an inspiration across various art forms.
William Shakespeare began his career as an actor, writer and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as King’s Men, in London. Often regarded as the ‘Bard of Avon’ he is one of the world’s pre-eminent dramatists.
Most of his known works have been produced between 1589 and 1613. His plays demonstrate the expansiveness of his imagination and the extent of his learning. a Midsummer Night’s Dream, is one of his most delightful creations. Romeo and Juliet is his most famous romantic tragedy of sexually charged adolescence, love and death. Shakespeare’s sequence of great comedies continue with Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, as You Like It and Twelfth Night. Until about 1608, he mainly wrote tragedies including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus—his last major tragedies, contain some of his finest poetry.
A true genius, Shakespeare’s popular characters and plots are studied, performed, reinterpreted and discussed till today. William Shakespeare, known as the English national poet, is considered the greatest dramatist of all time.