Recommended Grade Level: 8–12
The Setting: Scotland
Suggested Areas of Study and Discussion: Shakespeare, Tragedy, Tragic Flaw, The Human Psyche, Political Ambition, Lust for Power, The Unintentional Consequences of Greed
The Story: When Macbeth learns from supernatural sources that he is to ascend to Thane of Cawdor and then to the throne, he has no earthly way of knowing if these predictions are true. When he is soon promoted to Thane of Cawdor, he sends word of this auspicious vision and confirmation of the future to his wife. Upon his return from battle, Lady Macbeth begins a seductive campaign to incite her husband to immediately murder his way to the throne by killing King Duncan. Macbeth hesitates to attain the throne through such violent means, but is eventually persuaded by Lady Macbeth to seize the power he has been promised. After Macbeth takes possession of the throne, he finds he must murder others – including women and children – to retain his power. Eventually these heinous acts bring him into the company of consummate evil. This 90-minute adaptation staged on our 200-seat thrust stage will bring this haunting tale of ambition vividly to life for your students. Please Note: This production depicts scenes of violence using stage blood.
Performance Length: 90 minutes (No Intermission)
Location: Park Square’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage
The guides contain a plot summary, character information, and activities and articles that help establish the historical, literary and cultural context of the play. Study Guides are designed to be classroom-ready, allowing educators to duplicate materials for easy distribution to students.
We also offer modified Guides to help prepare EL students.
Student Matinee Ticket Pricing
Student Tickets: $15
Chaperone Tickets: One free for every 20 students (Additional chaperones $15)
- To assist you with your planning we can divide your school’s invoice into two easy payments.*
- Payments can be made by check or credit card
- Credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
- Please note that Park Square Theatre cannot accept individual checks from students
*dependent on time of booking
Please contact Quinn Shadko
Macbeth is produced with special support from the following:
Student matinees of Macbeth are produced with special support from the following:
Park Square Theatre’s production of Macbeth is part of
Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the
National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest