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Macbeth- any great cut scripts out there?

  • 1.  Macbeth- any great cut scripts out there?

    Posted 04-13-2018 10:45
    Hi all-
    I'm directing Macbeth for the fall play next year, and wonder if any of you have a great cut of the script? I'm hoping for a 70- 90 minute version.
    If anyone needs a 30 minute for their lower school, I have a copy I can share.
    Thanks!

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    Nicole Tremblay
    Director of Theater
    Indianapolis IN
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  • 2.  RE: Macbeth- any great cut scripts out there?

    Posted 04-13-2018 15:48
    I did Macbeth about 4 years ago, and while I don't still have a cutting of the script, I can tell you at least some of what we cut.

    The Ross/Old Man bit from Act 2 Scene 4
    All of Act 3 Scene 5 (Hecate)
    Some of Act 4 Scene 3. I cannot remember what off-hand, but it is a LONG scene. Some of the interaction between Macduff and Malcolm can be cut. We did cut the bit with the doctor in that scene.
    I think we cut a good portion of Act 5 Scene 2.

    I hope that helps. It won't quite get you down to 90 minutes, but it'd be a start.

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    Christopher Hamilton
    Drama Teacher
    Kennewick WA
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  • 3.  RE: Macbeth- any great cut scripts out there?

    Posted 04-14-2018 10:15
    We developed a production based on Macbeth, called "A Scottish Play". All dialogue was from Shakespeare, but we created it as a ritual theatre piece, with the witches at the center of the production. The entire company played witches, and the other characters "morphed" out of the witches as necessary. The run time was a little over an hour. I think I still have the script, if you'd like to try something a little different. I could also write up some notes about our approach and the rituals that we developed in conjunction with the production. (Lots of stage blood involved!)

    Michael Bergman

    "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time" 
    ― Thomas Merton











  • 4.  RE: Macbeth- any great cut scripts out there?

    Posted 04-14-2018 15:06
    Last summer I was on a production team that produced a 90-minute cut version of of Macbeth without an intermission.  I can talk to the director and see if he's willing to share his cut script. I'm pretty sure we have it in digital format.  It might take me a few days to get a hold of it though!


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    Rachel Ferrari-Engel
    Pittsburgh Pa
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  • 5.  RE: Macbeth- any great cut scripts out there?

    Posted 04-15-2018 18:32
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    I am attaching a cutting that I did two years ago for my upper school students.   It worked well for us and we had a blast with the production!  Hope you find it useful!





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    Susan Speidel
    Chairman of the Performing Arts Department
    Morristown-Beard School
    NJ
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  • 6.  RE: Macbeth- any great cut scripts out there?

    Posted 04-16-2018 09:36

    Why don't you start with the 30 minute version you have already and keep adding to it to make the 70- 90 minute version you want?

     

    Kelly M. Thomas

    Department of Theatre

    Dr. Ralph H. Poteet High School

    3300 Poteet Drive

    Mesquite, Texas 75150

    972-882-5300

    Kthomas@mesquiteisd.org