History Theatre / Macbeth

11th Oct '17 6:31:31 PM snichols1973
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* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Malcolm fears that he would become lustful, greedy for his subjects' land and money, and that he would make a poor king because he appears to lack the necessary royal virtues. After Macduff reminds him of the virtuous character of Duncan and his mother, he reveals that this was a SecretTestOfCharacter to Macduff, who had felt guilty about leaving his wife and son behind to be slaughtered.



* PapaWolf: A variation; Macduff is unable to protect his family (because he was elsewhere when they were murdered), so revenge for them becomes his motivation against Macbeth.

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* PapaWolf: A variation; Macduff is unable to protect his family (because he was elsewhere when they were murdered), so revenge for them avenging their slaughter becomes his motivation against Macbeth.
18th Sep '17 9:38:45 AM Discord_and_Dine
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's up to the director to decide whether to actually show Banquo's ghost or the blood on Lady Macbeth's hands.
15th Sep '17 2:06:59 AM PaulA
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* An Italian {{Opera}} by GiuseppeVerdi. It was the first of Verdi's three Shakespeare operas, along with ''[[Theatre/{{Othello}} Otello]]'' and ''[[Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor Falstaff]]'', (the former of which was used to entice him out of retirement).

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* An Italian {{Opera}} by GiuseppeVerdi.Music/GiuseppeVerdi. It was the first of Verdi's three Shakespeare operas, along with ''[[Theatre/{{Othello}} Otello]]'' and ''[[Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor Falstaff]]'', (the former of which was used to entice him out of retirement).
14th Sep '17 10:09:20 PM Scorpio3002
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* An Italian {{Opera}} by GiuseppeVerdi. It was the first of Verdi's three Shakespeare operas, along with ''[[Theatre/{{Othello}} Otello]]'' and ''[[Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor Falstaff]]'', (the former of which was used to entice him out of retirement).
6th Sep '17 12:56:38 PM fruitstripegum
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* MagicCauldron: The three witches use a cauldron for their magic. Quite a few subsequent depictions of witches' cauldrons likely stem from this.



* MagicCauldron: The three witches use a cauldron for their magic. Quite a few subsequent depictions of witches' cauldrons likely stem from this.
6th Sep '17 12:56:02 PM fruitstripegum
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* IWillFightSomeMoreForever: As befitting an ex-soldier. This is Macbeth's [[FamousLastWords last line]] to Macduff, even though he's re-interpreted the prophecy and already knows he's screwed.


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* IWillFightSomeMoreForever: As befitting an ex-soldier. This is Macbeth's [[FamousLastWords last line]] to Macduff, even though he's re-interpreted the prophecy and already knows he's screwed.
18th Aug '17 6:14:06 PM Luigifan
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The play takes place in the Scottish Highlands. Fresh from putting down a rebellion against King Duncan, Lord Macbeth meets three witches who relate a series of prophecies, one of them being that he will rule Scotland. When one of the other seemingly unlikely predictions comes true, his scheming and heartless wife convinces him to kill Duncan and his heir. Both are driven mad with guilt; while Lady Macbeth copes by sleepwalking and then [[DrivenToSuicide killing herself]], Macbeth enters into a paranoid frenzy, [[HeKnowsTooMuch killing everyone in sight]] in order to consolidate his power -- especially after the witches predict that "[[NoManOfWomanBorn none of woman born]]" shall slay him. After being visited by the ghost of one of his victims, Macbeth is overthrown and killed by Macduff, who was "from his mother's womb untimely ripped" -- in other words, delivered via crude caesarean section from his mother's dead or dying body, not "born" as Elizabethans defined it. [[DidntSeeThatComing D'oh.]]

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The play takes place in the Scottish Highlands. Fresh from putting down a rebellion against King Duncan, Lord Macbeth meets three witches who relate a series of prophecies, one of them being that he will rule Scotland. When one of the other seemingly unlikely predictions comes true, his scheming and heartless wife convinces him to kill Duncan and his heir. Both are [[MurderMakesYouCrazy driven mad with guilt; guilt]]; while Lady Macbeth copes by sleepwalking and then [[DrivenToSuicide killing herself]], Macbeth enters into [[TheParanoiac a paranoid frenzy, frenzy]], [[HeKnowsTooMuch killing everyone in sight]] in order to consolidate his power -- especially after the witches predict that "[[NoManOfWomanBorn none of woman born]]" shall slay him. After being visited by the ghost of one of his victims, Macbeth is overthrown and killed by Macduff, who was "from his mother's womb untimely ripped" -- in other words, delivered via crude caesarean section from his mother's dead or dying body, [[ProphecyTwist not "born" as Elizabethans defined it.it]]. [[DidntSeeThatComing D'oh.]]



* ''Film/ScotlandPA'', a dark comedy also set in a restaurant, this one in 1970s Pennsylvania.

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* ''Film/ScotlandPA'', a [[BlackComedy dark comedy comedy]] also set in a restaurant, this one in 1970s Pennsylvania.



* British immersive theatre company Punchdrunk created ''Theatre/{{Sleep No More}}'', a loose adaptation of ''Macbeth'' mixed with elements of Hitchcock, Kubrick, and other suspense/noir styles, set in the late 1930s. Audience members are masked and silent as they wander on their own through the massive 100,000-square-foot [=McKittrick=] Hotel and the play and actors move around them. Characters are lifted from The Scottish Play and mingle with new, more Hitch-like characters. One of the more popular theatrical adaptations, with consistently sold-out shows extending the run well past its initial six weeks. It's now been running for six ''years''.

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* British immersive theatre company Punchdrunk created ''Theatre/{{Sleep No More}}'', a loose adaptation of ''Macbeth'' mixed with elements of Hitchcock, Kubrick, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, Creator/StanleyKubrick, and other suspense/noir styles, set in the late 1930s. Audience members are masked and silent as they wander on their own through the massive 100,000-square-foot [=McKittrick=] Hotel and the play and actors move around them. Characters are lifted from The Scottish Play and mingle with new, more Hitch-like characters. One of the more popular theatrical adaptations, with consistently sold-out shows extending the run well past its initial six weeks. It's now been running for six ''years''.



* AndYourLittleDogToo: Macbeth goes after his families of his numerous enemies. Banquo's son, Fleance, manages to escape, leaving Macbeth in mortal fear of some future revenge on his part... [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse which is never carried out.]]

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* AndYourLittleDogToo: Macbeth goes after his the families of his numerous enemies. Banquo's son, Fleance, manages to escape, leaving Macbeth in mortal fear of some future revenge on his part... [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse which is never carried out.]]



* BittersweetEnding: Despite being named a Tragedy (as it details a man being corrupted and descending into evil and ruin) the ending is far more positive than most of Shakespeare's Tragedies, but still quite dark.

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* BittersweetEnding: Despite being named a Tragedy (as it details a man being corrupted and descending into evil and ruin) ruin), the ending is far more positive than most of Shakespeare's Tragedies, but still quite dark.



* BringIt: This line:
--> '''Macbeth:''' Lay on, Macduff -- and [[DuelToTheDeath damn'd be he who first cries "Hold, enough!"]]



* CardCarryingVillain: Lady Macbeth, to the point that she prays for demons to come and turn her into a man out of the belief that it will allow her to be even eviler than she already is.

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* CardCarryingVillain: Lady Macbeth, to the point that she prays for demons to come and [[GenderBender turn her into a man man]] out of the belief that it will allow her to be even eviler than she already is.



* DrivenToSuicide: Lady Macbeth. Macbeth, however, rejects suicide and decides to fight to the death.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Lady Macbeth. Macbeth, however, rejects suicide and decides to [[DuelToTheDeath fight to the death.death]].



* FaceHeelTurn: Macbeth begins the story as a straight up hero of the Scottish people, despite seemingly [[{{Foreshadowing}} being a bit bloodthirsty]], and is well regarded by his peers, feared by his enemies, and highly respected by King Duncan. But his ambition and his subsequent guilt over all the murders he's ordered done to keep his crown cause him to go straight up insane towards the end. The play seems to hint that Macbeth knows what he is doing is wrong and wants to stop, but once he's murdered the king, there is simply no way but forward since he is going to burn in hell anyways.

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* FaceHeelTurn: Macbeth begins the story as a straight up straight-up hero of the Scottish people, despite seemingly [[{{Foreshadowing}} being a bit bloodthirsty]], and is well regarded well-regarded by his peers, feared by his enemies, and highly respected by King Duncan. But his ambition and his subsequent guilt over all the murders he's ordered done to keep his crown [[MurderMakesYouCrazy cause him to go straight up insane straight-up insane]] towards the end. The play seems to hint that Macbeth knows what he is doing is wrong and wants to stop, but once he's murdered the king, there is simply no way but forward since he is going to burn in hell anyways.



* GreaterScopeVillain: The witches are this to Macbeth, as their SelfFulfillingProphecy leads to Macbeth's FaceHeelTurn. Hecate is also this to the witches being their superior that makes them deliver their second round of prophecies.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: The witches are this to Macbeth, as their SelfFulfillingProphecy leads to Macbeth's FaceHeelTurn. Hecate is also this to the witches witches, being their superior that makes them deliver their second round of prophecies.



** Initially, Macbeth shows more scruples/hesitancy to kill Duncan than does his wife, and she pushes him into doing it. Afterward, however, while Lady Macbeth goes increasingly mad from guilt, Macbeth's reaction to guilt is to seemingly lose all emotion and scruples and he far surpass his wife in villainy.

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** Initially, Macbeth shows more scruples/hesitancy to kill Duncan than does his wife, and she pushes him into doing it. Afterward, however, while Lady Macbeth goes increasingly mad from guilt, Macbeth's reaction to guilt is to seemingly lose all emotion and scruples and he far surpass surpasses his wife in villainy.



* LadyMacbeth: Macbeth is keen on becoming king from the beginning, but it is his wife who persuades him to murder Duncan.

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* LadyMacbeth: Um, [[TropeNamer duh]]. Macbeth is keen on becoming king from the beginning, but it is his wife who persuades him to murder Duncan.



* TheLoinsSleepTonight: The Porter's scene is chock full of this stuff.

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* TheLoinsSleepTonight: The Porter's scene is chock full chock-full of this stuff.stuff. (Hey, this ''was'' written by Shakespeare, master of the DoubleEntendre.)



* TheLowMiddleAges: Technically set in this era. [[note]] By a very slim margin: the historical Macbeth ruled during the 1050s [[/note]]

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* TheLowMiddleAges: Technically set in this era. [[note]] By [[note]]By a very slim margin: the historical Macbeth ruled during the 1050s 1050s.[[/note]]



* TheManBehindTheMan: Macbeth wouldn't have gone so far without the encouragement of his wife. This is taken UpToEleven as Macbeth was spurred on by the witches who in turn work for Hecate.

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* TheManBehindTheMan: Macbeth wouldn't have gone so far without the encouragement of his wife. This is taken UpToEleven as Macbeth was spurred on by the witches witches, who in turn work for Hecate.



* MobileShrubbery: "Birnam Wood to Dunsinane." The soldiers attacking Macbeth's castle disguises themselves as trees.
* MoodWhiplash: Between the scene in which Duncan is murdered and the scene where his body is found, we're treated to an interlude involving a drunk doorman complaining about how he can't get an erection when liquored up.

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* MobileShrubbery: "Birnam Wood to Dunsinane." The soldiers attacking Macbeth's castle disguises disguise themselves as trees.
* MoodWhiplash: Between the scene in which Duncan is murdered and the scene where his body is found, we're treated to an interlude involving a drunk doorman complaining about [[TheLoinsSleepTonight how he can't get an erection erection]] when liquored up.
14th Aug '17 6:01:15 PM PaulA
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* FallenHero: The titular character is of the best examples there is, possibly the TropeCodifier.

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* %%* FallenHero: The titular character is of the best examples there is, possibly the TropeCodifier.Macbeth.
14th Aug '17 5:59:43 PM PaulA
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* ''From a Jack to a King''- Bob Carlton musical, with a lot of Sixties songs.

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* ''From a Jack to a King''- King'': Bob Carlton musical, with a lot of Sixties songs.



* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Specifically, Lady Macbeth ''wants'' to become evil so that she will be able to carry out the murder without remorse. It doesn't work, however- the guilt drives her insane and eventually [[DrivenToSuicide to suicide]].

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* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Specifically, Lady Macbeth ''wants'' to become evil so that she will be able to carry out the murder without remorse. It doesn't work, however- however -- the guilt drives her insane and eventually [[DrivenToSuicide to suicide]].



-->'''Second Witch:''': Fillet of a fenny snake/ In the cauldron boil and bake/ Eye of newt and toe of frog/ Wool of bat and tongue of dog/ Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting/ Lizard's leg and owlet's wing/ For a charm of powerful trouble/ Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

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-->'''Second Witch:''': Witch:''' Fillet of a fenny snake/ In the cauldron boil and bake/ Eye of newt and toe of frog/ Wool of bat and tongue of dog/ Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting/ Lizard's leg and owlet's wing/ For a charm of powerful trouble/ Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Duncan mentions that the treacherous Thane of Cawdor who had just been executed for treason in Act I, Scene 4 "was a gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust." Duncan also trusts the new Thane of Cawdor- Macbeth- implicitly, and Macbeth, just like the old Thane, betrays him and ends up dying in battle with loyalist forces.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Duncan mentions that the treacherous Thane of Cawdor who had just been executed for treason in Act I, Scene 4 "was a gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust." Duncan also trusts the new Thane of Cawdor- Macbeth- Cawdor -- Macbeth -- implicitly, and Macbeth, just like the old Thane, betrays him and ends up dying in battle with loyalist forces.



* LouisCypher: Macbeth's servant is named Seyton-- sometimes pronounced like [[{{Satan}} you-know-who]]. Though whether he's actually a diabolical figure or just has an {{Unfortunate Name|s}} is [[EpilepticTrees open to debate]].

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* LouisCypher: Macbeth's servant is named Seyton-- Seyton -- sometimes pronounced like [[{{Satan}} you-know-who]]. Though whether he's actually a diabolical figure or just has an {{Unfortunate Name|s}} is [[EpilepticTrees open to debate]].



* ProphecyTwist: The witches have nasty surprises for Macbeth. No man of woman born can kill him--but Macduff was born by C-section. He can't be defeated until Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane--but it sure looks like that happens when soldiers dress as trees (using branches chopped in Birnam Wood) to hide their numbers.

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* ProphecyTwist: The witches have nasty surprises for Macbeth. No man of woman born can kill him--but him -- but Macduff was born by C-section. He can't be defeated until Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane--but Dunsinane -- but it sure looks like that happens when soldiers dress as trees (using branches chopped in Birnam Wood) to hide their numbers.



* RememberTheNewGuy: The Third Murderer, who appears out of nowhere--Macbeth charges two Murderers with killing Banquo and Fleance, but when the time comes three show up. Given that the Third Murderer is of no importance, this is probably a continuity error due to textual corruption. Even the other murderers act this way, asking, "But who did bid thee join with us?"

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* RememberTheNewGuy: The Third Murderer, who appears out of nowhere--Macbeth nowhere -- Macbeth charges two Murderers with killing Banquo and Fleance, but when the time comes three show up. Given that the Third Murderer is of no importance, this is probably a continuity error due to textual corruption. Even the other murderers act this way, asking, "But who did bid thee join with us?"



** The prophecy that Macbeth would become king put the idea of kingship into Macbeth's head- enough so that when he is told that the heir will be someone else (Malcolm), he decides to take matters into his own hands by assassinating Duncan, which makes him king.

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** The prophecy that Macbeth would become king put the idea of kingship into Macbeth's head- head -- enough so that when he is told that the heir will be someone else (Malcolm), he decides to take matters into his own hands by assassinating Duncan, which makes him king.



* CreepyChild: The 2011 Royal Shakespeare Company production changed the Weird Sisters into three eerie children--two boys and one girl. This made the Act IV prophecy scene especially creepy; the three played with dolls as they gave their predictions.

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* CreepyChild: The 2011 Royal Shakespeare Company production changed the Weird Sisters into three eerie children--two children -- two boys and one girl. This made the Act IV prophecy scene especially creepy; the three played with dolls as they gave their predictions.
14th Aug '17 5:56:25 PM PaulA
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* EyeOfNewt: The witches' song features a long list of the ingredients they're boiling in their cauldron to power their spells, of which [[TropeNamer eye of newt]] is one.
->'''Second Witch''': Fillet of a fenny snake/ In the cauldron boil and bake/ Eye of newt and toe of frog/ Wool of bat and tongue of dog/ Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting/ Lizard's leg and owlet's wing/ For a charm of powerful trouble/ Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

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* EyeOfNewt: The witches' song features a long list of the ingredients they're boiling in their cauldron to power their spells, of which [[TropeNamer eye of newt]] is one.
->'''Second Witch''':
spells.
-->'''Second Witch:''':
Fillet of a fenny snake/ In the cauldron boil and bake/ Eye of newt and toe of frog/ Wool of bat and tongue of dog/ Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting/ Lizard's leg and owlet's wing/ For a charm of powerful trouble/ Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.



* OutDamnedSpot: [[TropeNamer The trope gets named]] during the famous sleepwalking scene, where Lady Macbeth, guilt-ridden over Duncan's death, dreams that she has a bloodstain on her hand that she cannot get out by any means.

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* OutDamnedSpot: [[TropeNamer The trope gets named]] during the famous sleepwalking scene, where Lady Macbeth, guilt-ridden over Duncan's death, dreams that she has a bloodstain on her hand that she cannot get out by any means.
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