Spurred on by prophesying drifters and an ambitious wife, Macbeth sets his sights on the throne. Macbeth writes ahead to his wife, Lady Macbeth, telling her all that has happened. Lady Macbeth suffers none of her husband’s uncertainty.
Macbeth always before seemed reasonable, dealing with a world in which wrongdoing was punished and logic demonstrated.
Macbeth's character was not strong enough to stand up under the weight of the crime he committed, so he disintegrated into the fantasies of … But the dead don’t have to like it. In this regard, Paddy Considine is especially well-cast as the doomed Banquo, Macbeth’s longtime friend who comes to an unsavory end. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. In Kit Monkman's adventurous new adaptation, this compelling tale of unchecked ambition, soured friendship, lost intimacy and the descent into nihilism is … What’s done is done, as Lady Macbeth says in futilely trying to reassure her husband. Brilliant young general Macbeth pulls off a glorious victory in battle before returning to an indolent court where honours are dispensed by whim. She desires the kingship for him and wants him to murder Duncan in order to obtain it.
Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland.