An Inebriated Reading: Macbeth
Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD) is celebrating Halloween at the Ghostbar inside the historical Whitney for the 2nd Halloween season and this time we are reading Macbeth!
Enjoy three exclusive, Halloween-themed cocktails and hear an abbreviated version of the play with some of the members of SiD's acting company.
This is a fundraiser for the theatre company, benefitting our outreach and educational efforts, and open to 21 and older.
A summary of the play:
Macbeth, set primarily in Scotland, mixes witchcraft, prophecy, and M**der. Three "Weïrd Sisters" appear to Macbeth and his comrade Banquo after a battle and prophesy that Macbeth will be king and that the descendants of Banquo will also reign. When Macbeth arrives at his castle, he and Lady Macbeth plot to assassinate King Duncan, soon to be their guest, so that Macbeth can become king.
After Macbeth murders Duncan, the king's two sons flee, and Macbeth is crowned. Fearing that Banquo's descendants will, according to the Weïrd Sisters’predictions, take over the kingdom, Macbeth has Banquo killed. At a royal banquet that evening, Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost appear covered in blood. Macbeth determines to consult the Weïrd Sisters again. They comfort him with ambiguous promises.
Another nobleman, Macduff, rides to England to join Duncan's older son, Malcolm. Macbeth has Macduff's wife and children murdered. Malcolm and Macduff lead an army against Macbeth, as Lady Macbeth goes mad and commits suicide.
Macbeth confronts Malcolm’s army, trusting in the Weïrd Sisters’ comforting promises. He learns that the promises are tricks, but continues to fight. Macduff kills Macbeth and Malcolm becomes Scotland's king.
You may also like the following events from Shakespeare In Detroit: