Shakespeare Unbard, Episode 30: The play that shall not be named

Growing up in the theatre, you learn pretty quickly that it's bad luck to say the name of The Scottish Play, a superstition even agnostics take seriously. None of this has affected the success of this play, which remains one of Shakespeare's most famed, most popular, and most often performed. It's not hard to guess why. There's witches, ghosts, murder, a prophecy, famous speeches, and lots and lots of blood. In Episode 30, Joel discusses this complex and fascinating play.

In this episode you'll hear excerpts and clips from:

  • Arkangel Recordings. Macbeth. 2014.

  • Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Macbeth. The Riverside Shakespeare, Houghton and Mifflin, 1974.

Films discussed:

  • Casson, Philip. Macbeth. ITV, 1979.

  • Kurzel, Justin. Macbeth, StudioCanal, 2015.

Other films to check out:

  • Polanski, Roman. Macbeth. Columbia Pictures, 1971.
  • Welles, Orson. Macbeth. Republic Pictures, 1948.

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