Macbeth: Shakespeare's famed tragedy weaves a tale of power, corruption, and bloodthirsty ambition, set in 11th century Scotland. General Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophesy from three witches indicating that he will become Thane of Cawdor and then one day be king. Shortly thereafter, a fellow Thane named Ross informs Macbeth that the previous Thane of Cawdor has been put to death for treachery and that Macbeth shall soon hold the title. Inspired by this turn of events and spurred on by his ambitious wife Lady Macbeth, the general murders King Duncan and takes the throne at Dunsinane Castle. Duncan's sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, fearing their lives, flee to England while Duncan's loyal servant Macduff, Thane of Fife, silently suspects foul play. Plagued by guilt and paranoia, King Macbeth and his Lady grow ever more violent in their attempts to solidify power and keep the secret of the Duncan's death. Their behavior compels Macduff, Malcolm and their fellow Scottish nobles to build an army against Macbeth. As the battle approaches, Macbeth awaits the fate he so violently precipitated, misinterpreting the witches' words that he cannot be killed by any man born of woman. Repeatedly adapted into film, television, opera and other media formats, The Scottish Play has garnered the respect, attention, and superstition of audiences the world over.
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