26 characters. Too good to be true. Here is a professionally edited one-hour version of Macbeth that is included in a Drama Notebook membership! (3 credits.)
This abridged version of the ‘play that shall not be named,’ was professionally edited by a former Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor. The script features all original dialogue and maintains the integrity of the play while significantly shortening the play–making it easier for groups to perform.
Similar versions of this play sell for $15 to $100 or more (depending on performance royalties)! On Drama Notebook, it is included in your monthly membership and there are no royalties.
Excerpt from the play:
THREE WITCHES, THE WEIRD SISTERS
MACBETH, THANE OF GLAMIS, THEN OF CAWDOR, LATER KING OF SCOTLAND
MALCOLM, KING’S ELDER SON
DONALBAIN, KING’S YOUNGER SON
BANQUO, MACBETH’S BEST FRIEND
FLEANCE, BANQUO’S SON
MACDUFF, THANE OF FIFE
CHILD, OF MACDUFF’S
SEYTON, MACBETH’S ATTENDANT
A desert place.
(Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches.)
When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
When the hurlyburly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.
That will be ere the set of sun.
Where the place?
Upon the heath.
There to meet with MACBETH
Fair is foul / and foul is fair /
Hover through the fog / and filthy air.
(On their heels, Enter Banquo, fighting a rebel. Banquo quickly vanquishes the rebel, but is immediately set upon by Macdonwald, the rebel leader. Enter Macbeth, who battles the rebel leader and guts him. Exit Macbeth and BANQUO
On the other end of the stage…)
A camp near Forres.
(Alarum offstage. Enter DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, LENNOX, meeting a bleeding Sergeant, attended by MACDUFF)
What bloody man is that? He can report,
As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt
The newest state.
This is the sergeant
Who like a good and hardy soldier fought
Say to the king the knowledge of the broil
As thou didst leave it.
The merciless Macdonwald—
Worthy to be a rebel, for to that
The multiplying villanies of nature
Do swarm upon him — from the western isles
Of troops and armed soldiers is supplied;
And fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling,
Show’d like a rebel’s whore: but all’s too weak:
For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name—
Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution,
Like valour’s minion carved out his passage
Till he faced the slave;
Which ne’er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
Till he unseam’dhim from the nave to the chaps,
And fix’dhis head upon our battlements.
O valiant cousin! worthy gentleman!
Mark, king of Scotland, mark:
But the Norweyan lord surveying vantage,
With furbish’d arms and new supplies of men
Began a fresh assault.
Dismay’d not this
Our captains, Macbeth and Banquo?
SERGEANT (with resurgent energy)
If I say sooth, I must report they were
As cannons overcharged with double cracks, so they
Doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe– —
(Begins to flat-line, in dire need of medical help.)
Go get him surgeons!
So well thy words become thee as thy wounds;
They smack of honourboth.
(Exit Sergeant, attended by Macduff and Lennox)
Who comes here?
The worthy thane of Ross
What a haste looks through his eyes!
God save the king!
Whence cam’st thou, worthy thane?
From where the Norweyan banners flout the sky
And fan our people cold. Norway himself,
With terrible numbers,
Assisted by that most disloyal traitor
The thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict;
Till that most noble Macbeth, lapp’d in proof,
Confronted him with self-comparisons,
Point against point rebellious, arm ‘gainst arm.
And, to conclude, the vict’ry fell on us!
No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive
And with his former title greet MACBETH
I’ll see it done.
What he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won.
A heath near Forres.
(Thunder. Enter the three Witches.)
Where hast thou been, sister?
Sister, where thou?
Here I have a pilot’s thumb,
Wreck’d as homeward he did come.
(Drum offstage – another victory flourish.)
Macbeth doth come.
(Enter MACBETH and BANQUO)
So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
What are these,
So wither’d and so wild in their attire,
That look not like the inhabitants o’ the earth,? Live you? or are you aught
That man may question? You seem to understand me…;
Speak, if you can: what are you?
All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis!
All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!
All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!
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