Act 1 Scene 4
Duncan Only I have left to say, / More is thy due than more than all can pay.
Macbeth The service and the loyalty I owe, / In doing it, pays itself.
Duncan thanks Macbeth for his part in the success of the recent battle against the Irish and Norwegian invaders, and gives Macbeth the title of 'Thane of Cawdor'.
This photo shows the circular playing space marked out on the bare floorboards of The Other Place, the RSC's studio theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. The actors sat on boxes outside the circle on boxes, observing the action, and entering the circle when it was their turn to play. The audience also sat around the circle.
Centre: Roger Rees as Malcolm, Griffith Jones as Duncan and Ian McKellen as Macbeth, kneeling
Photo: Joe Cocks Studio Collection © Shakespeare Birthplace Trust