MACBETH by William Shakespeare
We do not know for certain when Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, but it is possible that the first performance was that given at Hampton Court outside London, on 7th August 1606, when King James was entertaining the visiting King Christian of Denmark. Richard Burbage was Macbeth and an unknown young man played Lady Macbeth.
Macbeth is widely believed to carry a curse and so potent are the superstitions attached to it that actors commonly refer to it as 'the Scottish play' to avoid the risk of mentioning it by name.
For this new production we began with workshops in the eastern Cape of South Africa, moved to Kent in England to finish rehearsals, and opened at the Hong Kong City Festival on 28 January 2000. The production toured to Dartford, Deal, Dover, Brighton and Margate in England; The Africa Centre and the Royal Commonwealth Society in London; Calgary in Canada; Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth and towns in the Karoo in South Africa.