Infamously known as the cursed "Scottish play," Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way – including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.
By merging text and audio, this ebook is a perfect learning tool for enhancing comprehension and enjoyment. It is highly recommended as a study aid for students, teachers, actors and directors. Widely read in high school and college, Macbeth is a text exemplar of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
Includes scene-by-scene and word-for-word text and audio of L.A. Theatre Works’ full cast performance starring:
James Marsters as Macbeth
Joanne Whalley as Lady Macbeth
Josh Cooke as Banquo and others
JD Cullum as Macduff and Second Murderer
Dan Donohue as Ross
Jeannie Elias as Second Witch and others
Chuma Gault as Lennox and Servant
Jon Matthews as Malcolm
Alan Shearman as Angus and others
André Sogliuzzo as Donalbain, Third Witch and others
Kate Steele as Lady Macduff, First Witch and Apparition
Kris Tabori as Duncan and others.
Directed and adapted by Martin Jarvis for L.A. Theatre Works.
'All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players'
When Rosalind is banished by her uncle Duke Frederick, who has usurped her father's throne, she flees to the forest of Arden where her exiled father holds court. There, dressed as a boy to avoid discovery, she encounters the man she loves - Orlando, similarly forced into exile by his older brother Oliver - and resolves to remain in disguise to test his feelings or her. A gloriously sunny comedy, As You Like It is an exuberant combination of concealed identities and verbal jousting, reconciliations and multiple weddings.
This book contains a general introduction to Shakespeare's life and Elizabethan theatre, a separate introduction to As You Like It, a chronology, suggestions for further reading, an essay discussing performance options on both stage and screen, and a commentary.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden some time in late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. He wrote about 38 plays (the precise number is uncertain), many of which are regarded as the most exceptional works of drama ever produced, including Romeo and Juliet (1595), Henry V (1599), Hamlet (1601), Othello (1604), King Lear (1606) and Macbeth (1606), as well as a collection of 154 sonnets, which number among the most profound and influential love-poetry in English.
If you enjoyed As You Like It, you might like Much Ado About Nothing, also available in Penguin Shakespeare.
'At once sublime poet and master dramatist'