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8 pm, Romanischer Keller


 

 


 

Dramatis Personae

Duncan                      King of Scotland
Malcolm                    
his son
Macbeth                    
Thane of Glamis
Lady Macbeth           
his wife
Seyton                       
their servant
A
Porter                     in the service of the Macbeths

Banquo

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Lennox

Scottish noblemen

Ross

 

Macduff                      Thane of Fife
Lady Macduff           
his wife
Their
Daughter
An Army
Captain
A
Doctor
A
Murderer
Voices

Macbeth – The Story

Part I

Scotland is under threat. Rebels have joined the invading Vikings to fight the Scottish King, Duncan. The king’s army wins the battle against the odds thanks to the valiant efforts of Duncan’s two generals Banquo and Macbeth, Thane of Glamis. Macbeth in particular proves himself a fierce warrior. Returning from the battlefield, Macbeth and Banquo hear prophecies that their services will be rewarded. Macbeth is to become Thane of Cawdor and finally king, while Banquo is told he will become the father of a line of kings. At once the first of these prophecies comes true when the king bestows the title of one of the Scottish traitors who deserted to the Vikings on Macbeth: he is now Thane of Cawdor. At the same time, however, the king pronounces his own son Malcolm heir to the Scottish throne, thus spoiling Macbeth’s own chances of becoming king in the foreseeable future.

When Duncan decides to stay the night at Macbeth’s mansion at Inverness, Macbeth tells his wife about the predictions. Straight away Lady Macbeth urges her husband to seize the opportunity to murder the king. Although Macbeth’s resolve is initially checked by moral qualms, he finally allows his wife to coax him into committing the murder. While Duncan is asleep, Macbeth stabs him with two daggers, which his wife then places beside the servants guarding the king, smearing their clothes with blood. When the murder is discovered in the early morning, Macbeth kills the servants in an apparent fit of righteous outrage. Duncan’s son, Malcolm, fearing that he might be suspected of having commissioned the murder of his father, flees to England and the Scottish nobles elect Macbeth king.

Macbeth now remembers the prophecy about Banquo’s issue producing a whole dynasty of kings. Hence he hires a killer to have Banquo and his only son Fleance murdered. At his coronation banquet, Macbeth receives the news of Banquo’s death and Fleance’s lucky escape. Immediately, the ghost of Banquo appears to Macbeth, terrifying him and disrupting the banquet. This raises the suspicion of some of the Scottish nobles.

 

Part Two