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.
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!
Find out more about the world that Shakespeare lived in with our fact pages.
Learn context around costumes, printing the plays and the Globe Theatre itself.
Globe Theatre Tour
Elizabethan Costume Dressing
Printing the plays
Interviews with our 2020 Director, Cressida Brown
TYRANNY & POWER
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?
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.