Welcome to our Live Lesson page, supporting the 2023 production of Macbeth

Macbeth (Reuben Joseph) is stood central and looking to the right. They wear a light grey military style jacket and tartan kilt. Three people are moving around Macbeth and in the background is a large boulder and gold-lit black shredded curtain.
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MACBETH Live Lesson 

Working with actors from our recent production of Macbeth, this Live Lesson focuses on the characters of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, looking at extracts from Act 1 Scene 7 and Act 2 Scene 2 directly before and after Duncan’s murder. 

You will see how the actors and director approached these scenes in rehearsals, how they unlocked language and explored a variety of performing choices. They discuss what these choices reveal about the relationship between the characters and the journey they each take through the play.

The links below will take you through to YouTube where you can watch the Live Lesson on-demand. If you need help setting up to watch the broadcast, please read our Technical Requirements. If you are still experiencing technical problems, you can contact our team at schoolsbroadcast@rsc.org.uk


Click and download the following two edited extracts which are used in the Live Lesson. 

Act 1, Scene 7 Extract      Act 2, Scene 2 Extract 

Watch these key scenes in performance from past productions: 

Our productions of Macbeth over the years have included many famous actors playing the title role and Lady Macbeth. Find out more about some of our key past productions

About the 2023 production

The lesson is linked to the 2023 production of Macbeth, directed by Wils Wilson (Associate Director at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh). Wils directed and co-created The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart which has been touring non-theatre spaces internationally since 2010, winning numerous awards including a Drama Desk Award for its New York run. She has also directed Life is A Dream, recently winning multiple awards at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, including Best Director.

This production is a gripping, terrifying tale of our times where brutal actions have brutal consequences. The political and natural world is broken and the Macbeths seize this opportunity to rise through the ranks and control their destiny. But their ambitions unravel into a living nightmare in a world where boundaries are paper thin - between the natural and supernatural, love and hate, joy and despair.

Find out more

See some rehearsal and production images below. 


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