The Tragedy of Macbeth [With DVD]
Publication Date: September 8, 2009
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THIS DVD EDITION INCLUDES:
- DVD of the 2008 Folger Theatre/Two River Theater Company production -- with over 50 minutes of special features, including interviews with the directors, actors, designers, and scholars
- Foreword by directors Teller and Aaron Posner on the staging of "Macbeth"
- Freshly edited text based on the 1623 First Folio
- Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
- A key to the play's famous lines and phrases
- An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language in "Macbeth"
- Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books
- An essay by Susan Snyder that provides a modern perspective on the play.
Mowat, Director of Academic Programs Folger Shakespeare Library.
William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England's Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children--their older daughter Susanna and the twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare's only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare's working life was spent, not in Stratford, but in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright, but as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Sometime between 1610 and 1613, Shakespeare is thought to have retired from the stage and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616.
"Macbeth is a blast...ghoulish...beguiling...sardonic...an expression of how captivating an evening of crackling Shakespeare can be." -- Peter Marks, The Washington Post
"The explosive and overwhelming effect of a truck bomb...this horrific, riveting Macbeth ought to be seen by as many people as possible." -- Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal