- died 1057, king of Scotland 1040–57.
- (italics) a tragedy (1606?) by Shakespeare.
Examples from the Web for macbeth
I remember being like, “I want to do Shakespeare,” and she suggested Macbeth.Shakespeare Comes to Hulu with ‘Complete Works’
June 11, 2014
When I arrived for my audience with Soldera, the story had segued from Macbeth to Characters in Search of an Author.Brunello’s King Lear: Gianfranco Soldera Reflects on the Attack on His Wine
December 8, 2013
Someone will be doing a Macbeth next year and set it in a parking garage in Istanbul and it will make perfect sense.
The witches generally represent some version of the Fates and make Macbeth believe that life is preordained.
This Macbeth—electrifying, rich, and strange—exists as an irresistible complement to canonical stagings.Madbeth: Alan Cumming Plays Almost Every Role in “Macbeth”
April 23, 2013
It is Lady Macbeth who plays this part; she tells Macbeth to "get some water,"
Holinshed makes Duncan have "too much of clemencie," and Macbeth "too much of crueltie."
A fig for Macbeth's philosophy that "blood will have blood."
In Othello, in Lear, and in Macbeth, he achieved instant success.
But can one apply the same process to Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet?The Legacy of Greece
- died 1057, king of Scotland (1040–57): succeeded Duncan, whom he killed in battle; defeated and killed by Duncan's son Malcolm III
Word Origin and History for macbeth
masc. proper name, Gaelic, literally "son of life." The first reference to bad luck associated with Shakespeare's "Macbeth," and to avoidance of naming it, is from 1896, alludes to an incident of 1885, and says the tradition goes back "so far as modern memory can recall." The original superstition seems to have pertained particularly to the witches' scenes, which were played up dramatically in 19c. productions, and especially to Matthew Locke's 17c. music to accompany the witches' song, which was regularly played through the 19th century.
It is strange how the effect of this music has exerted such a long surviving influence on members of the dramatic profession. It is still considered most unlucky to sing, hum, or whistle the witch airs in the theatre except in the ways of business. [Young-Stewart, "The Three Witches," in "The Shakespearean," Sept. 15, 1896]
If you number an actor or actress among your friends, and desire to retain his or her friendship, there are three things you positively must not do, especially if the actor is of the old school. Do not whistle in the theatre, do not look over his shoulder into the glass while he is making up, and do not hum the witch's song from "Macbeth." ... [O]lder actors would almost prefer to lose their salary than go on in "Macbeth" on account of this song. They believe that it casts spells upon the members of the company. ["Some Odd Superstitions of the Stage," "Theatre" magazine, July 1909]