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A memorable Macbeth: Setting the Scottish play in 19th-century Haiti
Shakespeare and Beyond

A memorable Macbeth: Setting the Scottish play in 19th-century Haiti

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Read about the 1936 “voodoo Macbeth” in this excerpt from The Playbook: A Story of Theater, Democracy, and the Making of a Culture War by James Shapiro.

Isabelle Schuler on Lady Macbeth and Queen Hereafter
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Isabelle Schuler on Lady Macbeth and Queen Hereafter

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Isabelle Schuler tells us about her new novel, Queen Hereafter.

10 Shakespeare quotes about fear
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10 Shakespeare quotes about fear

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Ben Lauer

As Halloween approaches, we take a look at Shakespeare’s best quotations about fear.

Ian McKellen on Richard III, Macbeth, and Gandalf
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Ian McKellen on Richard III, Macbeth, and Gandalf

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Sir Ian McKellen tells us about some of his most famous roles: playing Macbeth opposite Dame Judi Dench, King Richard III with a screenplay he co-wrote, and Gandalf the Grey in The Lord of the Rings films.

Macbeth and the End of Slavery in the United States
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Macbeth and the End of Slavery in the United States

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David McKenzie

What can Shakespeare say about the original sin of the United States, slavery? As two artists in the Civil War era thought, a lot. Two cartoons in the Folger’s collections, drawn around a decade apart, allude to Shakespeare’s Macbeth to…

“I do fear thy nature”: Kim Wexler and echoes of 'Macbeth' in 'Better Call Saul'
A man and woman sitting on a bed apart from each other in Better Call Saul
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“I do fear thy nature”: Kim Wexler and echoes of 'Macbeth' in 'Better Call Saul'

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor draws comparisons between Kim Wexler and Lady Macbeth, unpacking Shakespearean themes in the “Better Call Saul” series.

Q&A: Director Sam Gold on his 'Macbeth' with Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga
Cast of Macbeth on a stage with Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga sitting on purple chairs
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Q&A: Director Sam Gold on his 'Macbeth' with Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga

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Director Sam Gold shares what he loves most about Macbeth, why it stands out from other Shakespeare tragedies he’s directed, and how his ideas about the play changed over time.

Not for the faint of heart
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Not for the faint of heart

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Rachel B. Dankert

Thanks to everyone who registered a guess for this month’s Crocodile Mystery and congratulations to those of you who answered correctly! As many of you pointed out, the oddity in the final disposition of characters is Macbeth’s full-bodied presence on…

The unlikely link between a sixth-century queen and Macbeth
The Dark Queens
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The unlikely link between a sixth-century queen and Macbeth

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Shakespeare & Beyond

While working on a dual biography of Brunhild and Fredegund, Shelley Puhak stumbled across a connection between these medieval queens and Shakespeare.

The power of restriction: Joel Coen's 'The Tragedy of Macbeth'
Denzel Washington in “The Tragedy of Macbeth
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The power of restriction: Joel Coen's 'The Tragedy of Macbeth'

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Austin Tichenor

Denzel Washington in The Tragedy of Macbeth, now streaming on Apple TV+ A movie that honors a play’s theatricality: That’s what director Joel Coen said he wanted for The Tragedy of Macbeth, his new adaptation of the Scottish play. The…

What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in January
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What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in January

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Ben Lauer

This January, new productions kick off at the Atlanta Shakespeare Company and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Plus, streaming productions of Macbeth, a podcast returns, and a new audio play.

Speaking what we feel: Shakespeare’s plague plays
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Speaking what we feel: Shakespeare’s plague plays

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Austin Tichenor

How do Shakespeare’s plays reflect a life filled with plague outbreaks, asks Austin Tichenor — and do we see his plays in new ways now?

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