2017 - Year of Macbeth

Monthly Symposium

                                     "....I am in blood                             Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,                             Returning were as tedious as go o'er."  Act 3, Sc. 4

                                     "....I am in blood

                            Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,

                            Returning were as tedious as go o'er."  Act 3, Sc. 4

Open Meeting:

The Second Sunday of Each Month at 7pm


The Shakespeare Center/Downtown L.A.

    The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles cordially invites artists, arts organizations, educational institutions, and public benefit organizations in Los Angeles County to join us in a year-long exploration of Macbeth.

We are dedicating 2017 to an exploration of different ways to interpret and express perspectives on one of Shakespeare’s most powerful and enigmatic works.  

We are reaching out to artists, innovators, educators, community organizers, and catalysts for social change of all kinds, both individuals and companies; including film makers, art producers, visual artists, poets, performance artists, spoken word artists, graphic designers, choreographers, dancers, dance companies, composers, bands, singers, songwriters, to ask:

What is your take on this great play? Its themes? Characters? And plot? How does it resonate for twenty-first century Los Angelinos? Is it primarily about destiny and fate? an observation on the nature of “vaulting ambition”? Is Macbeth a vicious killer unleashed? A good man turned bad by evil forces? Is Lady Macbeth a dark heroine? Evil? A zombie? And what the heck are those witches doing?

We are interested in convening and facilitating a conversation that challenges presumptions of, and illuminates fresh insights on this timeless masterpiece and its nexus with our community.

Come to the Symposium to discuss potential collaborative projects!! 

You are invited to take a look at the text of Macbeth and stop by and share your ideas. Please RSVP to Paul@ShakespeareCenter.org if you can make it.  (Also, please contact us if you are interested in collaborating but can’t make this meeting.)

Interesting Links:

Macbeth: Entire Text at M.I.T.

Different Interpretations A list of various ways of interpreting the play

Enjoying Macbeth  Macbeth from the perspective of a medical pathologist

Macbeth - Wikipedia   The Wkipedia page

Macbeth riot in nyc   A riot over two competing productions of Macbeth in 1849.  Twenty-five people die.

Macbeth Summary  Thug Notes Summary and Analysis of Macbeth

Macbeth Online

Macbeth 1983  BBC version with Nicol Williamson

Macbeth 1978   Royal Shakespeare Company, Treveor Nunn directing, with Ian McKellan and Judi Dench

Macbeth 1971  Directed by Roman Polanski

Macbeth 2009  Student adaptation from High School in Utah

Macbeth 1998  With Sean Pertwee and Greta Scacchi

Macbeth 1981  With Jeremy Brett and Piper Laurie

Macbeth 2013  Globe Theatre in London.  Theatre production filmed

Macbeth 1966  BBC radio version with Paul Scofield and Peggy Ashcroft

Macbeth Act 2, Sc. 1  L.A. Subway Shakespeare Project

Macbeth Compare and Contrast  Opening Scenes from five different adaptations


The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles is a 32 year-old, non-profit theater company based in Downtown Los Angeles that presents the works of William Shakespeare as reflections of the people, history and landscape of Los Angeles.