Macbeth and Duncan, the subjects of Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, were actual historical figures. Strangely, both were killed on August 15, seventeen years apart: Duncan in 1040 (by Macbeth) and Macbeth in 1057.
To be very, very brief: Shakespeare wrote a play called Macbeth about Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth murdering Macbeth’s cousin, King Duncan, and taking over the throne of Scotland. It contains lots of famous quotations: “Is this a dagger I see before me?” and “out, out, damned spot!” as well as “double, double, toil and trouble” and “lay on, Macduff” (frequently misquoted as “lead on”).
Not quite as brief, but much, much funnier, is the Reduced Shakespeare Company‘s ridiculous version of Macbeth … with perfect Scottish accents! (NOT.) It’s only two minutes long and makes no sense whatsoever, but it’s a lot of fun to watch:
Shakespeare: MacBeth by james52
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The Reduced Shakespeare Company DVD
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