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Macbeth Overview

Macbeth Overview

  • Category: Comedy
  • Period written: 1605-1606
  • First known performance: 1611 (Globe Theatre, London)
  • Number of lines: 2477
  • Number of scenes: 29
  • Total Characters: 42
  • Prose/Verse: 8%/92%
  • Folios: Folio 1 (1632), Folio 2 (1632), Folio 3 (1663-4), Folio 4 (1685)
  • Quartos: Quarto 1 (1673)
  • Possible Sources: Gesta Romanorum (Anonymous, c. 1290–1310), An Alphabet of Tales (Etienne de Besancon, 1294), The Chronicle of Andrew Wyntoun (Andrew Wyntoun, 1420), Medea (Seneca, 1566), Agamemnon (Seneca, 1566), The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Raphael Holinshed, 1577–1587), De Origine, Moribus, et Rebus Gestis Scotorum (John Leslie, 1578), Rerum Scoticarum Historia (George Buchanan, 1582), A Defensative against the Poyson of Supposed Prophecies (Henry Howard, 1583), Thomas of Reading (Thomas Deloney, 1600), A Continuance of Albions England (William Warner, 1606), Vertumnus Sive Annus Recurrents (Matthew Gwinn, 1607)

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