me and macbeth

I have this really strong connection with William Shakespeare's Macbeth...

It was one of the Shakespeare plays I studied in Year 11 English (and we watched a movie version as well, although I couldn't tell you which one)... and I've read Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters (which is incredibly loosely based on a combination of Macbeth and Hamlet) and seen the cartoon version.

So it means that I know the material... moreso than any other Shakespeare play... there are even chunks of it that are starting to become lodged in my memory and that I can more or less recite at will... not always perfectly, but well enough.

And it's something I keep wanting to go back to...

So this page details the versions I've seen so far and I'll add to it as I see new versions.

Plays
Movies/TV
  • Macbeth (1948)
    Directed by Orson Welles
    Orson Welles as Macbeth
    Jeanette Nolan as Lady Macbeth
  • Throne of Blood (1957)
    Directed by Akira Kurosawa
    Toshirô Mifune as Taketoki Washizu
    Isuzu Yamada as Lady Asaji Washizu
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971)
    Directed by Roman Polanski
    Jon Finch as Macbeth
    Francesca Annis as Lady Macbeth
  • Shakespeare: The Animated Tales - Macbeth (1992)
    Directed by Nikolai Serebryakov and Dave Edwards
    Brian Cox as Macbeth
    Zoë Wanamaker as Lady Macbeth
  • Scotland, PA (2001)
    Directed by Billy Morrissette
    James Le Gros as Joe 'Mac' McBeth
    Maura Tierney as Pat McBeth
  • ShakespeaRe-Told - Macbeth (2005)
    Directed by Mark Brozel
    James McAvoy as Joe Macbeth
    Keeley Hawes as Ella Macbeth
  • Macbeth (2006)
    Directed by Geoffrey Wright
    Sam Worthington as Macbeth
    Victoria Hill as Lady Macbeth
  • Great Performances: Macbeth (2010)
    Directed by Rupert Goold
    Patrick Stewart as Macbeth
    Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth
Books
  • The original play (studied in Year 10 English)
  • Macbeth (Manga Shakespeare) by Robert Deas and Richard Appignanesi

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