Enhanced ebook edition of Macbeth, featuring a full cast audio performance of the play, starring James Marsters as Macbeth and Joanne Whalley as Lady Macbeth. Listen to the play scene-by-scene as you read the text, or listen to the play in its entirety while reading text summaries of each scene.
Infamously known as the cursed "Scottish play," Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way – including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.
By merging text and audio, this ebook is a perfect learning tool for enhancing comprehension and enjoyment. It is highly recommended as a study aid for students, teachers, actors and directors. Widely read in high school and college, Macbeth is a text exemplar of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
Includes scene-by-scene and word-for-word text and audio of L.A. Theatre Works’ full cast performance starring:
James Marsters as Macbeth
Joanne Whalley as Lady Macbeth
Josh Cooke as Banquo and others
JD Cullum as Macduff and Second Murderer
Dan Donohue as Ross
Jeannie Elias as Second Witch and others
Chuma Gault as Lennox and Servant
Jon Matthews as Malcolm
Alan Shearman as Angus and others
André Sogliuzzo as Donalbain, Third Witch and others
Kate Steele as Lady Macduff, First Witch and Apparition
Kris Tabori as Duncan and others.
Directed and adapted by Martin Jarvis for L.A. Theatre Works.
Audio productions of Shakespeare's work can be a challenge to execute, but L.A. Theatre Works delivers a gripping full-cast dramatization that keeps listeners engaged from start to finish. When Macbeth is told he will one day become king of Scotland, Lady Macbeth hatches an evil plot that ends in bloody regicide and tragedy. James Marsters delivers an admirable performance as Macbeth, conveying the character's conflicting emotions and subsequent arrogance. Equally skilled is Joanne Whalley, whose Lady Macbeth transforms from a determined and opportunistic woman in the beginning of the play to a depressed and despairing one in the final act. Recorded in front of a live audience, this well-produced audio also features music and sound effects all of which make for an absolutely entertaining listening experience.