CONTEXT & THEMES.

Everything you need to know about the context of Macbeth, as well as key themes in the play

Understanding Shakespeare’s life and times, as well as the history of the Globe Theatre, can enhance your exploration of Macbeth. Key themes and topics are also great discussion points for students.

THEMES

Use these four topics as a starting point to discuss the main ideas in the play.

Share your insights with others, and see what the actors have to say!

CROSSWORD PUZZLE

FACT SHEETS

Find out more about the world that Shakespeare lived in with our fact pages.

VIDEOS

Learn context around costumes, printing the plays and the Globe Theatre itself.

Globe Theatre Tour

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Elizabethan Costume Dressing

As You Like It production photograph Watch video

Printing the plays

An ink roller running across a template of letters Watch video

THEMES

Interviews with our 2020 Director, Cressida Brown

TYRANNY & POWER

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From Duncan, to Macbeth, to Malcolm – we look at the different kings in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and explore the themes of tyranny and power.
What makes a tyrant? What do kings do with their power? Is the enabling of a tyrant just as bad as being a tyrant yourself?

THE WITCHES

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We take a look at the witches in Macbeth (2020), and how they’ll be portrayed in our Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production this spring 2020.

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