The Theater: Iron Thane

MACBETH by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Macbeth articulates a gangrenous world where leadership is a pretext for ambition and power an end in itself. It is all there in the text, but too often the hysterical wife and the weird sisters upstage the man's essential corruption and Macbeth turns into the lady's play.

The energetic Scotsman Nicol Williamson has swung a deadly claymore at this flawed reading. At the Royal Shakespeare Company's Aldwych Theater in London, he portrays Macbeth as an anti-hero of feral self-knowledge and focuses on the play's real theme: the psychological disintegration of a man who would be king but discovers that...

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