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Q: Macbeth's Death
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0267.  Friday, 25 March 1994.
 
From:           Timothy Dayne Pinnow <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Mar 1994 10:22:14 -0600
Subject:        query
 
Dear SHAKSPER-eans,
 
I'm currently directing the final scene from Macbeth for an evening of stage
combat scenes at a theatre in Minneapolis and I've run across an interesting
idea.  I'm hoping that with all the experience out there (maybe we should
figure out our combined age sometime!?!) someone can tell me if it's been done,
and if so successfully.
 
My idea is this.  I think I'll begin the final fight to the death immediately
after Macbeth's "and damned be he the cries[.]"  Proceed with the fight and
then after he is beaten and about to be beheaded have him "cry" "Hold, enough!"
I find that the idea of Macbeth asking for mercy and not receiving it somewhat
appealing.   Has anyone seen this idea work on stage?
 
Thanks in advance for your input.
 
                                         Timothy Dayne Pinnow
                                         
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