The Tempest’s Caliban was said to voice the fury and distress of the people forced from the Fenlands which were being drained and enclosed.
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Worrying environmental issues dominated the time of William Shakespeare as they do now, from depleted fish stocks and food shortages, to overpopulation and animal exploitation.
Witches have a long history dating back to Ancient Rome. This print from 1815 is by British engraver Edward Orme.
The role of witches in society relates directly to the role of women in society. And during times of social upheaval and changes, witches represent access to women’s power.
Martin’s Droeshout portrait of William Shakespeare (1623)
Bodleian Library, Oxford.
The Bard’s plays have an unfair reputation for being hard. You’re probably reading them in the wrong way.
Anne-MarieDuff and Rory Kinnear as the Macbeths.
Brinkhoff and Moegenburg/National Theatre
Brilliant performances from the two central characters are undermined by a confused production.
To achieve independence, history says you should play a long game.
The Witch, film poster.
Were evil witches really stealing children in the 17th century?
In a 2005 production of Hamlet, director Haris Pasovic portrayed Hamlet as a Muslim prince at the Ottoman court.
For whatever reason, objections don’t seem to crop up when directors tinker with the setting, costumes and conceptualizations of Shakespeare’s plays.
Macbeth: I’m not all bad. Honest.
Studio Canal publicity
Shakespeare cast the Scottish king as the ultimate villain, but you shouldn’t believe everything you see on stage or screen
The latest version of Macbeth is stunningly cinematic and vehemently Scottish.
Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth is beautiful, but fails to reach the dramatic depths of other adaptions.
The latest filmmaker to try his hand at Macbeth, Justin Kurzel has delivered a cinematic masterpiece, but shies away from the wicked depths of his villains.
What does telling the story of the long-running conflict in the Congo through the lens of Verdi’s Macbeth teach us? Owen Metsileng and Nobulumko Mngxek in Macbeth.
by Nicky Newman
Brett Bailey’s Macbeth at Brisbane Festival is a powerful production that relocates Verdi’s opera (based on Shakespeare’s play) to the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Hugo Weaving’s Macbeth dwells on the isolation and introspection of one of Shakespeare’s great tragic leads. Photo: Brett Boardman.
Sydney Theatre Company
Sydney Theatre Company’s new production of Macbeth may draw attention for its star, Hugo Weaving, but the most powerful agent of this production is the theatrical space. Director Kip Williams has inverted…