Macbeth by William Shakespeare

85 TUTOR: Fleur Lloyd

The most thrilling of all Shakespeare's plays, so riddled with superstition, that in theatres its very title dares not be uttered. A tale of regicide, treachery, domestic strife, suicide and battles royal. At the heart, lies the constantly intriguing pair. A highly driven and sadistic female player and her husband; a tyrant, a brutal serial killer and one with deep insecurities. Yet, Macbeth is considered a nobleman and is endowed with fine poetry. Always difficult to stage, you will unpack difficult scenes, consider different interpretations of the supernatural and discuss the more successful productions as well as the most ridiculed.

Course Notes

Marlborough Summer School will provide each member of the group with their own copy of the text.There is no need for any prior study, but any knowledge of the play in performance or through reading it always makes a lively contribution.


Everyone's favourite play?

Macbeth,( full title The Tragedie of Macbeth) is thought to have been first performed in 1606. It dramatises the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power. Of all the plays that Shakespeare wrote during the reign of James I, Macbeth most clearly reflects his relationship with King James, patron of Shakespeare's acting company. It was first published in the Folio of 1623, possibly from a prompt book, and is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy


The playwright's source for the drama is the account of Macbeth, King of Scotland, Macduff, and Duncan in Holinshed's Chronicles (1587), a history of England, Scotland, and Ireland familiar to Shakespeare and his contemporaries, although the events in the play differ extensively from the history of the real Macbeth. The events of the tragedy are usually associated with the execution of Henry Garnet for complicity in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.


In the backstage world of theatre, some believe that the play is cursed, and will not mention its title aloud, referring to it instead as "The Scottish Play". Known also as "the Unlucky Play because it is often put on to boost theatres' flagging Box Office takings. It is enduringly popular and most often performed and has attracted the most renowned actors to the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It has been adapted to film, television, opera, novels, comics, and other media.


The sessions will be completely interactive as the tutor welcomes personal interpretations suggestions and questions that confront her. She will also provide you with fascinating insights andanecdotes from productions with which she has been involved.

I look forward to welcoming you.

Course Tutor

Fleur Lloyd

About Fleur

Fleur Lloyd Tutor has worked in the theatre as well as teaching both literature, drama and creative writing in schools, colleges and universities. She has taught creative writing and Literature courses at Marlborough Summer School for 17 years and in 2022, she gave a lecture on Desert Island Poems and her book "Just Write” was published. Last year her lecture was on Poetry for all Seasons.



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