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Act 1 Scene 1
First witch When shall we three meet again / In thunder, lightning, or in rain? Second witch When the hurlyburly's done, / When the battle's lost and won.
The witches meet on the heath. In this production, the ropes were essential in the witches' spell-making, as they twisted and knotted them in different ways. The witches wore plain timeless black costumes, emphasising the ageless quality of these supernatural characters.
Photo show Louise Bangay, Meg Fraser, Ruth Gemmell as the witches.
Photo by Stewart Hemley © RSC
Act 1 Scene 6
Duncan See, see, our honour'd hostess!The love that follows us sometime is our trouble, / Which still we thank as love.
Duncan, Malcolm and attendants arrives. Duncan greets Lady Macbeth. Her particularly gracious welcome heightens the dramatic irony as the audience is aware of Macbeth's plan to murder Duncan.
Duncan - Richard CorderyLady Macbeth - Sian Thomas
Act 1 Scene 7
Lady Macbeth Screw your courage to the sticking-place, / And we'll not fail.
Lady Macbeth tries to persuades her husband to murder Duncan - doubt and confusion are evident on his face.
Macbeth - Greg HicksLady Macbeth - Sian Thomas
Act 2 Scene 2
Macbeth This is a sorry sight. Lady Macbeth A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.
After killing Duncan with a dagger, Macbeth returns to his wife with his hands covered in blood. In this production, she is initially horrified but determined to drive their plan to forward. They are still wearing their evening dress from the welcome dinner for Duncan earlier that night.
Act 3 Scene 4
Macbeth Which of you have done this? Lords What, my good lord?
The ghost of Banquo appears and sits in Macbeth's place at the banquet. Only Macbeth can see the ghost and he becomes angry, thinking that he's being tricked. Notice Macbeth's elaborate military costume, signifying his rise in power.
Macbeth - Greg HicksBanquo - Louis Hilyer
Act 4 Scene 1
Third Apparition Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until / Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill / Shall come against him.
Macbeth meets the witches who cast spells over their cauldron to produce three apparitions which give him advice. The middle witch has a coil of rope around her neck - the witches cast spells by knotting and twisting the ropes. In this production, all the action with the witches took place over a large grate in the stage - the light shining up from beneath the grate represents the life of the underworld which is prominent throughout the play.
Macbeth - Greg HicksWitches - Louise Bangay, Meg Fraser, Ruth Gemmell
Act 5 Scene 8
Malcolm So, thanks to all at once and to each one, Whom we invite to see us crown'd at Scone.
With Macbeth killed, Malcolm is crowned as King of Scotland and asks the gathered soldiers to call back anyone who has fled the country to escape Macbeth's tyranny. This photo shows the grand scale of the set which used the full height of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre's brick walls.
Malcolm - Pal Aron
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