Macbeth: Fact or Fiction?

In honor of the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Macbeth starring Alan Cumming—opening tonight at 7:30pm—see how much you really know about the Scottish play.

Shakespeare Myth Vs Historical Fact

Unravel the man from the myth with these 10 key facts about Macbeth.

Macbeth Myths - taken from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, selected by Simon Sharkey, director of The Elgin Macbeth and Associate Director - New Learning at the National Theatre of Scotland.

Macbeth Facts - provided by Dr Fiona Watson, historian and writer on a book about the real Macbeth entitled Macbeth: A True Story, published by Quercus in 2008.
 
Myth #1 Macbeth murdered Duncan in bed – “Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more: Macbeth shall sleep no more.”

Fact Macbeth did kill Duncan, but in a battle at Pitgaveny, near Elgin. This was the time-honoured way in which Kings came to the throne in this period, so it’s unlikely he lost much sleep over it.

Myth #2 Lady Macbeth was childless and is portrayed as a lady, not a queen.

Fact Lady Macbeth was a royal Princess in her own right, as well as Macbeth’s Queen (she’s actually the first named Queen in Scottish history!) She had already had a son by her first husband. That boy, Lulach, became king immediately after the death of Macbeth. However, it is true that she and Macbeth seem to have been childless, though that was presumably not her fault!

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Hollywood actor Alan Cumming to star in Macbeth

"The only thing I can think of more exciting, challenging and terrifying is to do a one-man version of it with these great directors and this great company and to perform it in my two favourite cities in the work, Glasgow and New York." - Alan Cumming


Watch Alan Cumming discuss his lifelong fascination with Macbeth and his upcoming production opening at the National Theatre of Scotland and transferring to the Lincoln Center Festival for performances from July 5-14.

 

A great big congrats to Macbeth director John Tiffany, who won Best Direction for a Musical at the Tony’s last night for his Broadway debut, Once.
He is rushing back over to the other side of the pond to open the National Theatre of Scotland’s one-man version of the Shakespeare favorite starring Alan Cumming this Wednesday.
They open the Lincoln Center Festival on Thursday, July 5.
Want to know more about the talented John Tiffany? Read this from BroadwayWorld.com.
 

A great big congrats to Macbeth director John Tiffany, who won Best Direction for a Musical at the Tony’s last night for his Broadway debut, Once.

He is rushing back over to the other side of the pond to open the National Theatre of Scotland’s one-man version of the Shakespeare favorite starring Alan Cumming this Wednesday.

They open the Lincoln Center Festival on Thursday, July 5.

Want to know more about the talented John Tiffany? Read this from BroadwayWorld.com.

 

Here’s a sneak peek of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Macbeth starring the always versatile Alan Cumming, which will come to Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on July 5-14 as part of Lincoln Center Festival.

 

(Portrait by Albert Watson)
“I started to itch to do a play again and Macbeth came to the surface in my mind,” says Cumming. “I never thought I would do it in a conventional way. A sweaty Macbeth with blood on his arms coming in fresh from the battle doesn’t interest me.”
So what exactly did Alan Cumming have in mind for the National Theatre of Scotland’s version of Macbeth, coming to Lincoln Center Festival on July 5 through 14? Read the entire interview with Cumming in The Telegraph to find out.
 

(Portrait by Albert Watson)

“I started to itch to do a play again and Macbeth came to the surface in my mind,” says Cumming. “I never thought I would do it in a conventional way. A sweaty Macbeth with blood on his arms coming in fresh from the battle doesn’t interest me.”

So what exactly did Alan Cumming have in mind for the National Theatre of Scotland’s version of Macbeth, coming to Lincoln Center Festival on July 5 through 14? Read the entire interview with Cumming in The Telegraph to find out.

 

JUST ANNOUNCED: Lincoln Center Festival 2012!
Highlights include:
- The return of the Paris Opera Ballet to NYC after a 16-year absence, dancing three programs
- Mikhail Baryshnikov in a new play, In Paris
- The Sydney Theatre Company’s acclaimed Uncle Vanya
- Alan Cumming in the National Theatre of Scotland’s one-person Macbeth
- DruidMurphy, a play cycle staged by Garry Hynes for the Druid Theatre Company
- A tribute concert celebrating the music of Curtis Mayfield
- China’s TAO Dance Theater with new works
- Émilie, an opera by Kaija Saariaho and Amin Malouf, starring Elizabeth Futral
- Feng Yi Teng, a chamber opera by Guo Wenjing, directed by Atom Egoyan
…and MUCH more! (Read the entire press release here.)
 

JUST ANNOUNCED: Lincoln Center Festival 2012!

Highlights include:

- The return of the Paris Opera Ballet to NYC after a 16-year absence, dancing three programs

- Mikhail Baryshnikov in a new play, In Paris

- The Sydney Theatre Company’s acclaimed Uncle Vanya

- Alan Cumming in the National Theatre of Scotland’s one-person Macbeth

- DruidMurphy, a play cycle staged by Garry Hynes for the Druid Theatre Company

- A tribute concert celebrating the music of Curtis Mayfield

- China’s TAO Dance Theater with new works

- Émilie, an opera by Kaija Saariaho and Amin Malouf, starring Elizabeth Futral

- Feng Yi Teng, a chamber opera by Guo Wenjing, directed by Atom Egoyan

…and MUCH more! (Read the entire press release here.)