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Letter concerning the Production of Macbeth

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48 Mabledon Road, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 2TG 14th July 2001 Dear Paul and Helen, I am very sorry that I am unable to attend this week's rehearsals for Act 2 Scene 2 in our production of 'Macbeth'. I have been called urgently to help produce a new film version of Hamlet, and feel you are capable, under the guidance of our stand-in director, Peter Brook of the Royal Shakespeare Company, to continue working on this pivotal episode in the play despite my absence. I have been looking over the script and have come up with a few tips to help you develop this scene further. I have not picked out the stage directions for every phrase, as I feel you should use your own initiative to create a more personal touch to the production, however I feel my ideas could help to complement your work: This has to be the most violent and intense part of the play although we do no actually witness the murder of King Duncan. ...read more.


A 'fatal bellman' would emphasize the idea of death/ execution in the audience's minds, which makes it all the more eerie, 'He's at it'. This particular part of this scene has to be the climax of the play. When Macbeth and his wife are re-united they are both highly charged with nervous energy and excitement. Macbeth and his wife at first do not speak in sentences. Their speech is syncopated and highly charged emotions tell the audience all is not well. The fact that Macbeth still has hold of the daggers intensifies the tension felt in the scene. His hands would be covered in blood, which would make the drama explosive. Macbeth however, describes the horrors of the murder and cannot seem to believe he has committed such an evil crime, 'This is a sorry sight'. Thoughts of the murder plague his mind. He appears transfixed and very troubled by his deeds. Whilst Lady Macbeth in a way mocks him, she remains steadfast and tells him to 'Go get some water, and wash this filthy witness from your hand'. ...read more.


Macbeth appears to be losing his mind, whilst Lady Macbeth remains evil, cold, calculating and in control. The repetition of knocks increases the tension more so, Lady Macbeth appears agitated and ushers her disturbed husband to his chamber, where they can rid themselves of the signs of their horrific acts. Shakespeare's use of language and structure manages to create tension right up to the murder of King Duncan. He manages to gradually build it up and then release it a little, and then increase it until finally the act of regicide takes place. His use of dramatic irony, the supernatural and indecision all combine to keep the audience on the edge of their seats throughout these scenes. His use of the right language in the right places helps the characters and the play to become really believable. Throughout the play, the supernatural plays a major role. A wise choice by Shakespeare at the time and it still works today. I hope that my interpretation of this scene will be useful to you and I hope to see it completed up to a high standard upon my return. Good Luck! Many thanks! Sincerely Amy Reavill ...read more.

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