Eccleston is every inch the vigorous, rugged soldier, with so little concern for diplomacy that Duncan is forced to wipe the blood off his hand after Macbeth has kissed it, and so ambitious that he presumptuously steps forward when Duncan names his heir. Eccleston also has a good moment when, once crowned, he beats his head on the ground in frustration at the tormented insecurity of kingship.
For eternal loyalty is inhuman and betrayal is human. Run down industrial town with toxic air and poisoned earth. I know, heavy, right? Hecate is the drug lord who, behind the scenes, manipulates everything. Duncan is the police commissioner.
He is honest, and if given a chance, he will lead Inverness back to a happy better life. So it all begins with a promotion that is given to a man named Macbeth.
It is a job that Mac Duff, his longest friend, has coveted. The decision is based off the fact that everyone in positions of power have come from the well educated, upper classes.
Macbeth comes from the lower classes and was once completely strung out on Brew. Hecate, always one to sense opportunity, dispatches the witch Strega to Macbeth to share a prophecy with him.
Hecate knows that Macbeth is the very guy he has been looking for to derail Duncan. She has fiery red hair, elegance, and flair that makes men go weak in the knees. She owns the casino in town, but her ambitions go way beyond controlling gambling.
She thinks Macbeth should listen to the prophecy and become police commissioner, but why stop there? Why not mayor, as well? Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Macbeth must become someone else, someone he fought, conquered, and left bleeding in the gutter of his past.
He is on a collision course with Duff, who becomes the only man who has a chance to stop him. The greed for power is strong, and like a drug, people can start to want more, always chasing the feeling of that high when they first triumphed.
I see the promise in him that is overcome by the evil in him. Of course, redemption is not the theme of the play, nor of any movie or book starring Macbeth.
He must be consumed by his own guilt and insecurities. He must ultimately be destroyed by the weight of his misdeeds. There are ghosts, witches, and playful uses of characters. Seyton is transformed into some creature beyond the pale of human understanding. Nesbo certainly has fun with the characters.
Caithness, a Scottish nobleman in the play, is cast as a woman in this novel, the lover of Duff. Hecate is a witch in the play, but becomes a male drug lord in this novel. Nesbo stays reasonably close to the original plot.Sep 28, · Bleak as a morgue, even more brutal than the play, Kurzel’s stark psycho-drama can’t unseat its source, but is still mighty screen Shakespeare.
“The Scottish play” is often considered Author: Matt Glasby. Jul 10, · definitively not in the text, is a highlight.
Another highlight is the scene where Malcolm (Deaon Griffin-Pressley) through misdirection tests the loyalty of Macduff (Thomas Brazzle). The performance of Tod Randolph as Lady Macbeth is puzzling. Appeal: Macbeth is a timeless tale of political intrigue interspersed with witches and battle scenes to entertain all of us who like our stories with a dash of adventure.
Challenges: Shakespeare’s Scottish Play is about as British as it gets, so Macbeth is my second book for the British Books Challenge. Macbeth (Ian Merrill Peakes, center), Macduff (Chris Genebach), left with witches (Witches Rachael Montgomery and Emily Noël look on.) in William Davenant’s Restoration-era adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Folger Theatre.
(Photo by Brittany Diliberto). May 04, · The director Lucy Bailey is a mistress of theatrical horror. When she staged Shakespeare’s gore-fest, Titus Andronicus, at the Globe in , there was so much graphic unpleasantness that many.
Shakespeare’s comic-relief scenes have been excised, and there’s even a coda which promises that the bloodshed is only just getting started.
“Lay on, Macduff,” says Macbeth, shortly.