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Macbeth: Works Inspired by the Play

Are you aware of literary, musical, cinematic, visual art, or other works that have been inspired by Macbeth or aspects of it? 

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For those who enjoy mysteries from time to time, Ngaio Marsh's Light Thickens is about a murder that takes plac during a production of Macbeth.  The play is central to the mystery, since the action develops during rehearsals and performances of the play.  The curse of the play is also a notable element in the story.


Her renditions of the theater are very accurate, since she was herself an accomplished theater director whose productions included several Shakespeare plays.  She was honored in New Zealand theater by circles by having the theater at the University of Canterbury named in her honor.  

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Re: Macbeth: Works Inspired by the Play

Scotland, Pa. is a film inspired by Macbeth.  Set in the 70s it tells the story of a husband and wife fast food duo who deep fry their boss and take over the restaurant.  It’s a dark comedy that misses on just about every cylinder but is still eerily amusing to watch.  As I recall, there are moments where you can see what could have been with the film.  I haven’t watched it since college, but maybe I’m due for another look see.


Also, Rupert Goold’s recent production of Macbeth has achieved consistently solid reviews, earning transfers from the Chichester Festival Theatre to the West End (where Goold won an Olivier Award for best director) to Brooklyn and then to Broadway (where the production earned some Tony nods). 


Here’s some interesting commentary from Goold about his interpretation of the play, and if you watch the somewhat annoying video imbedded in the article, he makes a fairly stunning comment at the end about American audiences compared to British audiences.  


Here’s Ben Brantley's review of the production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  And a review from the production at the Gielgud.

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