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Let’s Play: ‘By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes’ (Macbeth, A4S1, 7 players)

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The cauldron bubbles and thunder ‘claps’. The witches’ spell is cooking and Macbeth approaches. These ‘secret, black and midnight hags’ call him ‘wicked’, which tells us something!  The spirits know what he wants to hear. Each of three Apparitions reassures him but then, in answer to a direct question, comes the last ‘horrible sight’.

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This scene requires 7 players, which is more than we usually include for scenes to play, but it’s such fun that we thought it worth putting in. All players are in Highlit Text format. In the scene, frequent use is made of the Character Name ‘All’. If that is highlit for a player’s part, they should only say those lines if they are onstage at that time.

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Play from the start of the scene.
You can play until just before  Macbeth‘s line: ‘Come in, without there.’ and Lenox’s entrance, or
You can play the whole scene, but after Lenox’s entrance, the mood changes.

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Let’s Play!

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Alan Brown,
Editor
Players-Shakespeare.com

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