famous tale of the Scots nobleman whose ambition, spurred
on by his alluring wife and an evil prophecy, leads him to
treachery, murder and damnation...
Trevor Nunn's highly acclaimed Macbeth for the Royal
Shakespeare Company (RSC), has been praised as the most successful
Shakespeare production for many years. This production retains
the original RSC cast, in which Sir Ian McKellen appears as
Macbeth and Dame Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth. Wherever possible,
use has been made of the original RSC costumes, props and
sets. Sir Ian McKellen won the 1976 Plays and Players Best
Actor award, and Dame Judi Dench the 1977 Society of West
End Theatres' Best Actress award, for their performances in
history's most overrated (he was illiterate for god's sake
and would constantly make up words when he couldn't find ones
in the English language to relay how he felt) playwright comes
the tale of Macbeth.
while I have no great love for Shakespeare (who says he was
the world's greatest playwright anyway?) there is no escaping
the fact that this production is well produced. However, it
has not aged gracefully (but then I suppose you could argue
that Shakespearean plays can never really age) the music and
camera moves betray the fact that this was recorded in the
the production itself is well conceived, this DVD is a little
bit of a let down. Okay,
I wasn't really expecting any extras, but for god's sake...
why didn't they think to include subtitles? This isn't the
sort of DVD your average plebeian will be planning on purchasing.
It is likely to be snapped up by students and schools (as
well as Shakespeare fanatics) to illustrate how the Bard's
written text may be performed. Therefore, being able to follow
the text on the DVD is surely essential.
you are seriously considering purchasing this, you might like
to see if you can pick up a copy of the original video version.
It will be cheaper and the DVD's lack of any extras means
that the DVD purchase is by no means essential.
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