Macbeth (Sourcebooks Shakespeare; Book & CD)

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The Sourcebooks Shakespeare Edition of Macbeth features an integrated audio CD with 26 classic performances by different actors throughout the twentieth century, narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi. Detailed essays, commentary and photos accompany our newly edited text of the play with insights from a noted Shakespeare scholar.

Hear 14 classic scenes including:
--Orson Welles and Sir Alec Guinness, both as Macbeth
--Harriet Walter and Fiona Shaw, both as Lady Macbeth
--David Tennant as the Porter

See images from notable productions:
--Trevor Nunn's 1976 RSC production with Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench
--Roman Polanski's 1971 film
--Michael Kahn's 2004 production at the Shakespeare Theatre Company
--Costume and set renderings from the 1937-38 production at the Old Vic starring Laurence Olivier and Judith Anderson

Read essays and commentary with insights from:
--Gregory Doran, Chief Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company on Shakespeare in performance
--Douglas Lanier, editor of Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture on Macbeth as inspiration for contemporary media
--Text editor William P. Williams, 2003-04 Hinman Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library, on productions of Shakespeare throughout history

Additional essays dissect a contemporary performance, offer a modern cast's insights into their characters, and uncover the history of Shakespeare's world.

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Book Description:

This edition of Macbeth is part of the groundbreaking Cambridge School Shakespeare series established by Rex Gibson. Remaining faithful to the series' active approach it treats the play as a script to be acted, explored and enjoyed. As well as the complete script of the play, you will find a variety of classroom-tested activities, an eight-page colour section and a selection of notes including information on characters, performance, history and language.

From the Publisher:

Are you frustrated by obscure words and unidiomatic phrases in Shakespeare's plays? The new "Access to Shakespeare" series removes the mystery, not the magic, from MACBETH, and makes reading or studying a breeze. This translation of MACBETH into contemporary English -- alongside the original text -- has modernized the difficult passages and expressions which used to make Shakespeare's language such heavy weather.

This unique translation is NOT a literal-minded prose version. It retains the feel and the rhythm of the original, letting you experience the play in the same enjoyable way an Elizabethan audience did. The text is immediately clear to today's readers, making those tedious footnotes unnecessary. You'll find easy-to-follow line numbering, and a glossary of place names and mythological references.

Are you a high school or junior-college student working on an assignment? Do you wish to preview the play before a performance, or are you perhaps learning English as a Second Language? This translation is ideal for you. You will never again hesitate to read THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH because you're mystified by such lines as, "... keep my bosom franchised." The facing page of this edition of MACBETH makes clear what Shakespeare meant, "... keep my conscience free."

The translation reads like a modern book and it's fascinating.

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