Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hail, Thane of Glamis!

Today in 1040, the real-life Macbeth caused or did conspire to cause the death of the real-life Duncan, King of Scotland, and at the urging of his real-life wife usurp the crown for himself. Naturally, he got his just desserts and the whole mess ended rather badly, whether or not Birnam Wood did indeed come to Dunsinane Hill.

Anyway, continuing our home Summer Shakespearean Film Festival, we're offering Macbeth tonight, featuring Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench as the scheming couple. Dear Daughter is very excited about the impending bloodbath, since Merchant of Venice ended bloodless, but tragically all the same.

As she, Best Friend and Brother of Best Friend are all actors in the local children's theatre, they're fascinated by the myths and legends surrounding the Scottish play. I only wish I had the episode of Blackadder to show them, where the time-traveling Rowan Atkinson practically causes spavins in a pair of uppity stage actors by repeatedly saying "Macbeth" outloud, resulting in their need to remove the threat of disaster by performing an animated hand-jive routine.

But first, dinner.

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