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Macbeth - Warwickshire 1606.

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Introduction

Stratford Upon Avon Warwickshire 1606 Globe Theatre London Dear Sir or Madam I am writing to you as I have heard that you are to direct my play "Macbeth". I hope your production goes well. I thought that I might give you some information about the first four scenes to help you get the play off to a good start. As you probably know, Macbeth did rule Scotland for 17 years. Unfortunately, my play cannot be that long so I have shortened it to only ten weeks but this still has the same affect of building up a great amount of tension. Also it is believed that Macbeth did kill King Duncan to become King himself. I am using this story line because this year an attempt was made to kill the King; remember the gunpowder plot. The idea of using witchcraft in the play is for two reasons: one because the King himself (James I of England and II of Scotland) is fascinated by witchcraft and secondly the public of today are enraptured by the mysteries of witches. These reasons combined will appeal to a very wide audience. I included the witches at the very beginning of the play because I wanted to make the play mysterious, confusing and baffling. ...read more.

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When the witches tell Banquo "Lesser than Macbeth, and greater", "Not so happy, yet much happier" and "Thou shalt get Kings, though thou be none, so all hail Macbeth and Banquo". I would suggest you make Banquo's expression first shock, then move it into surprise and excitement. Well, wouldn't you be happy at the news of your son's becoming Kings. The themes of the play are quite obvious. Firstly, there is good and evil represented by light and dark and witches and noble people. Also there is a theme of things not seeming to be what they are meant to be. You can see this when the witches say "foul is fair and fair is foul". Also Macbeth says that "so foul and fair a day I have not seen" which gives the illusion that Macbeth is not all he seems to be either. I would like it if Macbeth could be played by a strong, dominant man who can run the stage and be very overpowering. This is because the Captain in Act 1 Scene 2 describes how brave Macbeth was during the battle; he says "for brave Macbeth" and "with his brandished steel which smoked with bloody execution". ...read more.

Conclusion

They know, so will Macbeth. Again, I must stress how important it is that Macbeth must look scared or even slightly terrified at the news of him becoming King. If you are in any doubt about this, please reread the reasons I set out earlier in this letter on page two, again. This is a very important reaction to the witches' line. Scenes 1 to 4 prepare the audience for a lot of deceiving murder and treachery and they know that Macbeth will be attempting to kill the King and Banquo will be the father of Kings to come. Or will he? I hope by this time the audience should be excited, on the edge of their seats, anticipating the end of the play, wanting to know what happened to Macbeth and the rest of the characters. I also hope that you will take all of these valuable points into consideration and that your production of my superb play, Macbeth, goes tremendously well. I hope to hear about rehearsals, performances and every other detail. I may even come to watch. Yours faithfully William Shakespeare By ANDREW HURST By Andrew Hurst ...read more.

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