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Re: Doubling in Macbeth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2427  Wednesday, 24 October 2001

From:           John Ramsay <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Oct 2001 12:11:45 -0400
Subject: 12.2402 Doubling in Macbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2402 Doubling in Macbeth

> In my high school classroom, we have been reading and "performing"
> Macbeth, with students taking turns with the parts.  This class was
> assigned to read at home before we began, so they came in looking for
> certain parts to be "theirs"--they also asked me to read Duncan, so
> perhaps they have interest in my death!
>
> But one instance of doubling came up quite naturally--the three girls
> who volunteered to read the 3 witches also decided to read the three
> murderers.  Can anyone on the list tell me of productions that might
> have used this instance of doubling?  It seems quite logical now that
> we've done it, and it was my students who felt it a natural step.
>
> Hugh Davis

Orson Welles film version had Seyton as 3rd Murderer.

Polanski's film version had Ross as 3rd Murderer.

A Stratford Ontario production about 15 years ago had 3rd Witch as 3rd
Murderer. She pulled Fleance out of the way of the attack, wrapped her
cloak around him and they disappeared, thanks to the stage lighting.

Also worth discussing with your class is James Thurber's 'The Macbeth
Murder Mystery".

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