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MACBETH- TUESDAYS March 17 - April 14, 2009
 

 

 

Macbeth

DOUBLE DOUBLE,
TOIL AND TROUBLE
FIRE BURN
AND CAULDRON BUBBLE

Shakespeare's supernatural tale of of ambition, fate, and treachery.

written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
directed by GEOFFREY OWENS
assistant director: JADE SEALEY
produced by JACK STEHLIN

costumes: KITTY ROSE
sound: NICK PAVEY and JADE SEALEY

starring
Joe Bays,  Dana Lyn Baron,  Brendan Brandt,
Megan Brotherton,  Lisa Christensen,  Jonathan Doone,
Jose Element,  Byron Field,  Jesse Gibbs,  Paige Handler,  Dedalus Hyde, Amy Jennings,  Floyd Lewis, Jr.,  Tim Maloney,  Chelsea Povall ,
Scott Sheldon,  Vanessa Waters,  Mona Lee Wylde,  Murielle Zuker

TUESDAYS AT 8PM
Previews March 17th.
Closes April 14th.

Venue: Circus Theatricals at the Odyssey Theatre:
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd. LA, CA 90025

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Joe Bays

JOE BAYS Porter, Old Man, Menteith

With Circus Theatricals: Twelfth Night, The Adding Machine, Love & Sex over Dinner & Drinks (writer/director), The Circle. LA theatrical credits include Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queen s at the Attic.  New York credits include Dispatches From Hell, Streamers and W.C. Fields - 100 Proof.  He was also in As You Like It at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Death of a Salesman and O. Henry’s Christmas at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre.  Film and TV credits include “That Championship Season”, “Mike Hammer”, “3rd Rock From the Sun”, “Even Stevens", "Without a Trace", “Office Space”, “Space Jam”, “Indecent Proposal”, " “Shopgirl” and "Spiderman - 3". 

 

Dana Lyn Baron

 

DANA LYN BARON Doctor, Lady Macbeth’s Maid

With Circus Theatricals: The Women (LA Times Critics’ Choice)

Stage credits include: Hurly Burly, Crimes of the Heart, Red Cross, Twelfth Night, 42 nd Street (with Kirby Ward & Kathy Wydner), Singin’ in the Rain (with Kirby Ward & Joel Blum), Sugar Babies (with Rip Taylor & Toni Kaye), No, No Nanette, Kopit & Yeaston’s Phantom, Weird Romance (West Coast Premiere), and others. Film/TV credits include: David Zucker’s An American Carol, Rene Alberta’s Dream Date, Paul Auster’s Lulu on the Bridge (with Harvey Keitel & Mira Sorvino), General Hospital, The Young & the Restless. Voice Over highlights include: 24 Day Zero (as Teri & Kim Bauer, opposite Kiefer Sutherland), World of Warcraft (as Lady Liadrin), Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe (as Sonya Blade), among many others. She attended The La Jolla Playhouse Summer Conservatory (where she was an apprentice to Bill Irwin for Regard of Flight), the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University, and has a BA in Mass Communications from UCLA. Through her LongStoryShort Productions, she has produced & starred in Riley’s Fan, Night Crew, and produced Ultraviolet, a short action film by award-winning director and writer, Paul Budnitz.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

Brendan Brandt

BRENDAN BRANDT Malcolm

A Minnesota native, Brendan is excited to be doing his first Circus Theatricals show. Brendan was last seen at the Odyssey Theater in "Miss Margarida's Way" directed by Ron Sossi. He currently is starring in a web-series called "Overkill: A Love Story" with Tom Arnold and Allison Munn. Brendan also co-authored a book titled "Waiting Tables, Dodging Bullets" which can be found in various bookstores and on Amazon.com. This is his second go-around with "The Scottish Play"...Brendan played "The Scottish King who bears the same name as the Scottish Play" for the Artist Shakespeare Festival in Minneapolis in 2004. 

Member of the the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

Megan Brotherton

MEGAN BROTHERTON Donalbain, Young Siward

Megan Brotherton is a new member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble and is thrilled to join the cast of Macbeth.  Originally from Seattle, Megan graduated from Claremont McKenna College, and recently accepted a position in the Class of 2011 at the A.R.T./Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.  Megan would like to thank director Geoffrey Owens for expanding her knowledge of Shakespeare and challenging her to bring the text to life.  She also thanks to a welcoming and talented cast. 

 

 

Lisa Christensen

LISA CHRISTENSEN Gentlewoman, Lady Macduff's maid is thrilled to be performing in her first Circus Theatricals production.  Los Angeles Theatre Credits:   Full Monty (Toni/Ensemble) with Theatre7, Merrily We Roll Along (Ensemble/Meg u/s) with Chromolume Theatre Company,  The Fly  (Party Goer) with the LA Opera and Surf Orpheus (Ensemble/Swing) at the Getty Villa.  Select Past Credits:  Hair (Jeannie) with Fritz Theatre in San Diego and  Come Blow Your Horn (Peggy) with Onstage Playhouse in San Diego (for which she won an ACT award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy).  Much love and thanks to Geoffrey, Jack, Jeannine and all of her fellow actors and crew for their hard work and dedication!!

 

 

 

Jonathan Doone

JONATHAN DOONE Lenox, Angus, Murderer

TV / Film credits; Three Men and  Baby Grand (SBS), Dancing With the stars (ABC), Boston Girls, Guns Point. Theatre; Burn The Floor ( Radio City Music Hall) Floorplay, Worlds Greatest Dance Spectacular (Michael Edgely Prod.)

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

 

 

Jose Element

JOSE ELEMENT Macduff

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

 

 

 

 

Byron Field

BYRON FIELD Banquo, Soldier

With Circus Theatricals: With Circus Theatricals: Joey (Circus Theatricals Festival of New One Act Plays), Love & Sex over Dinner & Drinks, Antigone, As You LIke It, Loose Ends, The Three Sisters, The SeaGull, Straight Talk, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Another Part of the Forest Careless Love (Theatre Group), Men Without Dates (Artists Play Circle) and Long Days Journey in to Night (Artists Play Circle). Film/TV credits include: "Carpoolers," (ABC), series regular on “Spyder Games” (MTV), “Chain of Command” (HBO Movie), “City Guys” (NBC) and “The Real McCoy” (Propaganda Films). Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

 

Jesse Gibbs

JESSE GIBBS Bloody Captain, Murder, Caitness is a Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy Graduate, where he worked on such shows as One flew over the Cuckoos Nest, Buried Child, and Charles Mee Jr.'s Big Love.  This is Jesse's second production with Circus Theatricals and is very excited to be working with Geoffery Owens.  Jesse would also would like to thank Jack and Jeanine for their support in making this production happen for all of us actors and giving us the oppurtunity to act with some great material.  With out their passion none of this would have happened.  Cheers!

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

 

Paige Handler

PAIGE HANDLER Second Witch, Fleance

Recent theater credits include;  THE WOMEN (Circus Theatricals) THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY (Elephant Lab), AWAKE AND SING (International City Theater) directed by Simon Levy  and winner of the Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Revival and FOUR GIRLS FROM VASSAR, a Running Fools Production. Paige is a founding member of the NYC Theater Company OYL with whom she worked on an original adaptation of THE ORESTEIA, which premiered at the Theater for the New City and then went on to tour both Greece and Italy.  Other favorite productions include; BLUE WINDOW, NAOMI IN THE LIVING ROOM, HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, AND A MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS. 

Paige is a studio ensemble member of Circus Theatricals.

 

Dedalus Hyde

DEDALUS HYDE Ross

Dedalus grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he recently played the role of Virgil in If Only at the Marin County Fringe Festival. Los Angeles theatre credits include Curio in Twelfth Night and Bob in Joey, both with Circus Theatricals at the Hayworth Theater, and as himself in the Take Fountain Players production of Strangers and Friends. He is currently in rehearsal for a lead role in Theatre Yawp’s production of Play with a Knife at the Stages Theater, opening in late April. Dedalus has appeared in numerous independent films and television shows, most recently as Martin in “Justice for All” and as Daniel Archambault in “Andrew Jackson”. He is a proud graduate of UCLA.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

Amy Jennings

AMY JENNINGS First Witch, Soldier

Amy Jennings is new to Circus Theatricals but not new to the stage. She has been performing for several years in Los Angeles and prior to that all over the country and the world. She has had the unique opportunity to work with international companies such as The Moscow Art Theatre, Augusto Boals’, Theatre of the Oppressed, DiabloMundo from Argentina and she has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has over 30 stage credits and continues to enjoy being on the boards. She would like to thank Geoffery, Jack and Jade for this opportunity to perform with such a wonderful group of performers. Lastly, as always, thank you to her family for their support. Jo-Jo, welcome to the Bard my young protégé!

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble

 

Floyd Lewis, Jr.

FLOYD LEWIS, JR. Seyton

With Circus Theatricals: Joey, Twelfth Night, Week 50 of 365 Days/Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of the Heart (Great Scenes from Pulitzer Prize Winning Plays), Oscar in Another Part of the Forest (“ Great Scenes from Classic American Plays”) Tuzenbach in Three Sisters (“ Great Scenes by Anton Chekhov”) Norman in Boys Next Door (“Ten Great Scenes”).Originally from North Carolina, Floyd is a UCLA graduate,proud member of Circus Theatricals Studio for Actors and just living the dream!

Member: Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

 

Tim Maloney

TIM MALONEY Duncan, Siward is a singer first, was a dancer second and an actor, way down at the bottom of the list for many years in NYC, while pursuing his dream to ‘Star on Broadway’.

New York Credits : The Aviator in the TheatreWorks/USA tour of The Little Prince at The Promenade Theatre; Alvin, in Self Torture and Strenuous Exerciseat AMDA, Directed by David Martin, who told Tim, “Never do anything but farce” and Billy Lawlor in 42 nd Street, with Theatre Three.

LA Credits : The West Coast Premiere of Bed and Sofa, a One Act Opera at ICT, Long Beach, marking Tim’s operatic tenor debut; Daemones in The Rope, with ICAP and Sam Hendrix, in Wait Until Dark, with Athena Theatre.

Film/TV : about 60 seconds of fame as the Hero of a National Mercedes Commercial, running naked on the beach as the happy to be alive and engaged, manic new car owner. Tim has several short films in the festival circuit, most notably, his hilarious romantic scene as Johnny Golightly in Death of an Agent. Tim has been on 3 Soaps. Seen on Passions as the fanatical Emcee of ‘The Perfect Couple Contest’ and recurred on Port Charles as Bart Greyson.

Tim Studies Opera with Lori Ann Fuller of the LA Opera and after neglecting the ‘business’ side of Show Business for nearly ‘most of his career’, has managed to learn every skill necessary to create ‘mini’ movies on YouTube and is in the process of offering 365 TAKES of Hamlet’s ‘To be or not to be’. In the UK, he was featured on Channel More 4 in Seneca Productions’ Christmas Documentary, entitled, To be or not to be in Shakespeare as Hamlet, following Sir Lawrence Olivier’s ‘Cliff scene’ of the same role. Over 40 Productions ranging from a Theme Park in France to The Santa understudy in the National Tour of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Tim is a Reiki practicioner and his passion for ‘breathing with intention’ and yogic science, have taken him to India three times, twice to live briefly. Degree: Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from Stetson University, Grad Studies in Opera at FSU and a Professional Certificate from AMDA, NYC. In The Scottish Play, Tim realizes his Shakespearean dream for the very first time as well as an almost 20 year desire to work with Geoffrey Owens. http://www.timmaloney.biz

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

Chelsea Povall

CHELSEA POVALL -  Young Macduff, Lord, Messenger

With Circus Theatricals: The Women,  Star Song (Circus Theatricals Festival of New One Act Plays) Week 50 in 365 Days/Plays  Born and raised in the LA area, Chelsea’s theater credits include: The Night of the Black Cat at Edgemar Center for the Arts, Brigadoon GCT, at PCPA Theaterfest: Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Sound of Music, and Brighton Beach Memoirs. At Tuacahn Amphitheater: Annie Get your Gun, Seven Brides... Oklahoma!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She also performed as a Lead Singer and Dancer for Holland America Cruise Lines, in Alaska and the Caribbean. She is a graduate of The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. (PCPA).

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

Scott Sheldon

SCOTT SHELDON Macbeth

Scott is a graduate of the neighborhood playhouse school of the theater.  He recently moved to Los Angeles from NYC and is proud to be a member of Circus Theatricals.

most recently he has been seen in ads for BMW and on CSI NY and The Young and the Restless. He would like to thank Geoffrey Owens for sharing his brilliance, Jordan Lund, for his faith and Jack Stehlin, for making him a better actor. As always he thanks his parents for their unwavering support.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

Vanessa Waters

VANESSA WATERS Lady Macduff, Lord

With Circus Theatricals: Mary in The Women, Friend #1 in Star Song from The Circus Theatricals Festival of New One Act Plays 2007/2008, Directed Week 50 of 365 Days/Plays. Vanessa has made many appearances on stage here in Los Angeles. Some favorite roles are: Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, Jill in Johnson Over Jordan, Helen in Baby with the Bathwater, Petra in An Enemy of the People and Queen Elizabeth in Richard III. On screen Vanessa can be heard in X-Men II as a loop group artist and seen in various independent films. Vanessa is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA Theaterfest) and received her BFA in Theater from Ithaca College. Thanks to Geoffrey, Jack, Jeannine, and the talented cast of Macbeth.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble. Vanessa is also Production Coordinator for Circus Theatricals.

 

Mona Lee Wylde

MONA LEE WYLDE AKA LEE WYLDE Third Witch, Soldier

most recently originated the role of the Fortune Teller in the World Premiere of Biking with Andrew Scott at the Write Act Theatre,

has played at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, as Lillian in The Oldest Profession, by Paula Vogel and originated two pieces in Evelyn Duboffs Fools in Love. Independent films include Firsts,My Little Secret, and A Different Tune. Mona Lee can also be seen in the soon to be released feature 500 Days of Summer. A graduate of New Yorks American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Mona Lee originated funny Sheila in Tom Donahoes Open House and achieved critical acclaim for the role of Dorrie in the West Coast Premiere of Stan Luchows The New York Bench Plays. A rhthym tap dancer, she dances with the legendary Jim Taylor, and can be seen waltzing through Disneys movie The Haunted Mansion.

Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

Murielle Zuker

MURIELLE ZUKER Lady Macbeth

With Circus Theatricals: The Women.

Murielle is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television with an emphasis in Acting. Since graduating she has trained in Meisner Technique at The Actor’s Workout Studio and has been a member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble since 2008. Favorite theatre credits include Mala, Starcrossed, Bunker Bingo Blitz, The Zoo Story, Brechtfast, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. She is proud to be appearing in this Circus Theatricals’ production of Macbeth.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

   

Geoffrey Owens

GEOFFREY OWENS director

Since graduating from Yale University in 1983, Geoffrey Owens has worked as an actor, director and teacher in theater, television and film. He has appeared on stage (in roles including Romeo, Richard III, Othello, and Puck) at numerous theaters, including the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Long Wharf Theater, the Hartford Stage Company and the Williamstown Theater Festival. He recently appeared in Oscar Wilde’s Salome with Al Pacino, (also to be released as a film, Salomaybe, directed by Pacino). He has worked with directors such as Joseph Papp, A. J. Antoon, James Lapine, Brian Kulick, Mark Lamos, Joe Dowling, Derek Anson Jones, and Estelle Parsons. He has appeared in the films Stonebrook (with Seth Green), The Paper (directed by Ron Howard), and the soon-to-be-released Play the Game (with Andy Griffith). His television credits include ‘Elvin’ on NBC’s The Cosby Show, as well as appearances on Without a Trace, Boston Legal, Medium, Journeyman, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Las Vegas, The Wedding Bells, Law and Order, Law and Order S.V.U., The Guiding Light, and That’s So Raven.

As a director, Mr. Owens has staged productions of King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Tartuffe, as well as one-act plays by Chekhov, Overruled by Shaw, Mamet’s American Buffalo, Athol Fugard’s Statements Made After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, and William Mastrosimone’s Tamer of Horses. He recently co-directed the popular show “Inside Private Lives” at the Fremont Theatre Center.

As a teacher, he has worked at the Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio, as well as at Yale University, the Gene Frankel Studio, and the FSU / Asolo Conservatory.

Mr. Owens is the founder and artistic director of The Brooklyn Shakespeare Company and is the recipient of the BACA Brooklyn Bridge Award and the Danny Kaye Award. He studied acting with Nikos Psacharapoulos, Austin Pendleton, Gregory Itzin, and the late Uta Hagen.

 

Jade Sealey

JADE SEALEY Assistant Director/Sound

Circus Theatricals credits include: The Women, Shannon Gosling in Safe, Laura G. in Man.gov, Viola in Twelfth Night, Marian Almond in The Heiress, Weedwacker, the title role in Iphigenia in Aulis, Sister Cities, Coffee to Go (The Circus Theatricals 7th Annual Festival of New One Act Plays), The Circle, Deconstructing the Torah. Other stage credits include the roles of Cavale in Sam Sheperd’s Cowboy Mouth, Indra’s daughter in Strindberg’s A Dream Play, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, The Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Constanze in Amadeus, Mary in Green Eyes Dreaming. TV includes “Saturday Night Live” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.

Jade received her BA and went to graduate school in Theatre Arts at UCSC where she did two seasons with Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

Member: Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

 

Nick Pavey

 

 

Greg Paul

 

 

Jeannine Stehlin

JEANNINE STEHLIN Managing Director /Circus Theatricals

Produced over 40 plays for Circus Theatricals, including Man.gov, Harm's Way, Twelfth Night, Sister Cities, Greensward, Complexity, phigenia in Aulis, The Misanthrope, Macbeth, Tartuffe, The Cherry Orchard, Richard III, Hamlet and The Cheats of Scapin, (Odyssey Theatre/Circus Theatricals co-productions) The Circle and the award-winning The Job by Shem Bitterman (LA and Off-Broadway). Sound design credits include Circus Theatricals 7th Annual Festival of One Act Plays (now playing), and The Circle (LA Weekly "Best Sound Design" nomination).

Her long list of acting credits include Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Job, Peer Gynt, Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, Hippolytus, The Stronger, The Art of Success, Women and Wallace and the films, “Watch It,” and “Rancho Cucamonga." Jeannine made her television debut as a child on the popular children's program, "Romper Room" in Pittsburgh.

Jeannine earned B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois, and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Jack Stehlin

JACK STEHLIN Artistic Director, Circus Theatricals

Jack founded Circus Theatricals in New York in 1983, and has produced over 50 plays in NYC and Los Angeles.

With Circus Theatricals: Harm's Way, (Los Angeles and Off-Broadway), and the Odyssey/Circus Theatricals productions of The Misanthrope, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True West, The Cheats of Scapin., and The Circle, The Job (Circus Theatricals). Other Los Angeles Theatre: Salome (with Al Pacino), Speed-the-Plow (Odyssey), Habitation of Dragons (Zephyr). Notable New York credits: Richard II (dir. Steven Berkoff), Henry V (w/Kevin Kline), Casanova (w/ Ethan Hawke, dir. by Michael Greif), Henry IV, I (w/Mandy Patinkin, dir by Des McAnuff), Julius Caesar (w/ Al Pacino and Martin Sheen),Timon of Athens (dir. by Brian Kulick), Richard Foreman's Don Juan, and Romeo and Juliet (dir. by Les Waters). TV /film includes “Weeds,” "Salomaybe?" (with Al Pacino),"Without a Trace," "Monk," "JAG," "Buffy," "NCIS," "Judging Amy," "The Practice," "Crossing Jordan," "NYPD Blue," "ER." Graduate of the Juilliard School, alumnus of John Houseman’s the Acting Company.

TV and film credits include the film "Salomaybe?" (with Al Pacino) and guest star roles on "Without a Trace," "Monk," "JAG," (recurring), "Buffy" (recurring ), "NCIS," "Judging Amy," "The Practice," "Crossing Jordan," "NYPD Blue," "ER."

Jack will continue his role this season as DEA Captain Roy Till on the Showtime series "Weeds."

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare(1564-1616)

was born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden in Stratford-upon-Avon. Traditionally, his birthday is celebrated on the 23 rd of April, 1564. Not much is known about Shakespeare’s life until the age of 28, but records indicate that at the age of 18 he married 26 year-old Anne Hathaway. Soon after, they had a daughter Susanna, followed by twins Judith and Hamnet.

The origins of Shakespeare's professional career are still controversial. It is not known for certain where or with whom he became an actor and writer. However, by 1592 he was already famous, having gained popularity through his history plays and their sequel, “Richard III.” He went on to write more than 40 plays and 154 sonnets, including his masterpieces “Romeo and Juliet” (1594) “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1595), “Henry V” (1599), “Twelfth Night” (1600), “Hamlet” (1600) “King Lear” (1605) and of course, “Macbeth ” (1606).

Shakespeare retired to Stratford in 1611. He died on the 23rd of April, 1616 at the age of 52. His widow, Anne, died in 1623 and was buried beside him. Shakespeare's family line came to an end with the death of his granddaughter Elizabeth in 1670.

 

Background on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”


Scholars generally agree that Shakespeare wrote “Macbeth” around 1605 or 1606. The first production was performed in honor of the Scottish heritage of James Stuart (King James I of Scotland), who became England’s King James VI, following the death of Queen Elizabeth. King James was patron of Shakespeare’s acting troupe, “The King’s Men.”

History proves that the story of Macbeth is based on a real warrior and king who existed during the most barbaric era in Scottish history, sometime between 1010 and 1080. During that time, people lived under the protection of warlords, who safeguarded communities by slaughtering the people of neighboring territories and distant enemies. Groups of warlords would unite under the leadership of one king, who usually came into power by killing off “friends” and family members.

While Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” was indeed based on a real warrior king (who by all accounts actually ruled with a fair hand for many years), Shakespeare probably drew much of his material from Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, (1587). Shakespeare took liberties with the original story – manipulating the action of real characters such as Macbeth and Duncan, completely fabricating entire characters (such as Banquo and Fleance), and including the three witches (which were a personal fascination of the king, who wrote his own book on the hidden world of witches). It is fabrications such as these, which turn Macbeth from a history play to one of the greatest of his tragedies.

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