Event of Interest: “William Davenant’s Macbeth (1674)”

Event time: 
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7:30pm
Beinecke Library See map
121 Wall St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Staged Reading of William Davenant’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth for a Restoration audience. Preceded by a panel discussion, including Professor David Kastan, and a reception.

The Beinecke Library holds the only extant manuscript of Macbeth–but it’s not the Macbeth that we recognize. In the 1660s, Sir William Davenant adapted Shakespeare’s play for a Restoration audience. His alterations included edits to Shakespeare’s language for ease of comprehension, a greatly expanded role for Lady Macduff, a clearer stance on regicide (this was an important point to clarify after the English Civil War!), several new songs and dances, and even a “flying machine” for the witches.

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