12:45, Mon 17th August 2020 at Adelphi Theatre
19:15, Wed 19th August 2020 at Crucible Theatre
21:00, Fri 21st August 2020 at Gielgud Theatre
20:15, Sun 23rd August 2020 at Royal Court Theatre
20:15, Tue 25th August 2020 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
15:00, Wed 26th August 2020 at Royal Court Theatre
20:30, Thu 27th August 2020 at Adelphi Theatre
14:45, Fri 28th August 2020 at Crucible Theatre
Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is considered one of his darkest and most powerful tragedies. Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when its protagonist, the Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil as the way to fulfill his ambition for power. He commits regicide to become king and then furthers his moral descent with a reign of murderous terror to stay in power, eventually plunging the country into civil war. In the end, he loses everything that gives meaning and purpose to his life, before losing his life itself.
The play is believed to have been written between 1603 and 1607, and is most commonly dated 1606. The earliest account of a performance of what was probably Shakespeare's play is April 1611, when Simon Forman recorded seeing such a play at the Globe Theatre. It was first published in the Folio of 1623, possibly from a prompt book. It was most likely written during the reign of James I, who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English throne in 1603. James was a patron of Shakespeare’s acting company, and of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during James’s reign, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s relationship with the sovereign.