Restored dress as worn by Ellen Terry in her 1888 portayal of Lady Macbeth.

“When Ellen starred alongside Henry Irving in Macbeth in 1888, there was not a wide choice of fabrics available in England, and Alice could not find the colours she wanted to achieve her effects. She wanted one dress to ‘look as much like soft chain armour as I could, and yet have something that would give the appearance of the scales of a serpent.’ (Mrs. J. Comyns Carr’s 'Reminiscences’. London: Hutchinson, 1926) Mrs. Nettlship found a twist of soft green silk and blue tinsel in Bohemia and this was crocheted to achieve the chain mail effect.

The dress hung beautifully but: 'we did not think that it was brilliant enough, so it was sewn all over with real green beetle wings, and a narrow border in Celtic designs, worked out in rubies and diamonds, hemmed all the edges. To this was added a cloak of shot velvet in heather tones, upon which great griffens were embroidered in flame-coloured tinsel. The wimple, or veil, was held in place by a circlet of rubies, and two long plaits twisted with gold hung to her knees.’

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Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.
—  William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Sanaa Lathan, Terrence Howard, Blair Underwood and Harry Lennix to Star in Shakespeare’s ’Macbeth’ set in the Caribbean

William Shakespeare’s most horrific and bloody tragedy, Macbeth, is getting an update via a new all-African American feature film adaptation.

The film, to be titled Macbett, is written and directed by Aleta Chappelle, who is the first African American woman to direct a film version of a Shakespeare play. The film is set to start pre-production in Sept. 2013 on location in Jamaica and Puerto Rico. 


a modernised adaptation of macbeth in which macduff’s parents are a cis man and a trans man who had him biologically hence ‘none of woman born / shall harm macbeth’

brief summary of Macbeth

witches: kill the king
Macbeth: hell yeah
lady Macbeth: hell yeah
Macbeth: no
lady Macbeth: you dick
Macbeth: *kills king* hell yeah
lady Macbeth: hell yeah
banquo: *kills macbeth* hell yeah