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Davenant's Macbeth

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William L. Harkness Hall

100 Wall Street

Sudler Hall

New Haven, CT 06511

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A staged reading of Davenant's Macbeth, sponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in conjunction with the Institute of Sacred Music.

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.

In this production, we are performing directly from the Beinecke manuscript, preserving the original text, stage directions, and music by John Eccles and Richard Leveridge.

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