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MACBETH - Seniors (Age 12+) - 1. Introduction to 'Macbeth' and Shakespeare

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

'Macbeth' is about the corrupting power of ambition

Macbeth is about an ambitious nobleman who murders the Scottish King after some Witches make a prediction that he will rule Scotland.

Macbeth becomes a cruel king who commits many crimes, before he is eventually killed.

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most-performed plays. Its themes of ambition and betrayal are still relevant today, and the basic plot has inspired many adaptations.

Macbeth is about ambition and betrayal

Shakespeare shows that even honourable men can be corrupted by ambition - Macbeth betrays his king, his country and his own conscience to satisfy his lust for power.

Macbeth and LadyMacbeth show that power that's taken unfairly doesn't bring happiness, but leads to guilt, madness and death.

Shakespeare is the most famous writer in the English language

William Shakespeare wrote at least thirty-seven plays and a lot of poems.

He wrote some of the most famous plays in the English language, including comedies (such as Twelfth Night), tragedies (such as Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet) and histories (such as Richard III).

Macbeth is one of his best-known tragedies.

It was written in the 1600s, but the story is very loosely based on history - a man called Macbeth was King of Scotland in the 11th century.

1564 - Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

1582 - Married Anne Hathaway.

1583-85 - Had three children - Susanna, Hamnet and Judith.

1585-92 - Began an acting career in London.

1589 - 1613 - Wrote most of his plays.

1611 - First known performance of 'Macbeth'

1616 - Died, aged 52



Add these important locations to the map...

Forres Palace

Macbeth's Castle

Dunsinane Castle

MacDuff's Castle

Birnam Wood


ACT 1 Scene 1

Act 1 Scene 1
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hurly-burly fighting, confusion

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CAST - Lines to Learn

Act 1 Scene 1

First Witch - Hollye

Second Witch - Lily-Rose

Third Witch - Ailie


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