CAST OF CHARACTERS
(May be doubled as needed.)
Three Witches: Three “midnight hags” who plot mischief against Macbeth using charms, spells, and prophecies. Their predictions prompt him to murder Duncan, to order the deaths of Banquo and his son, and to blindly believe in his own immortality.
Macbeth: a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis who is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of the three witches, and seduced by his wife into committing murder to fulfill his ambitions to the throne. Once he commits his first crime and is crowned King of Scotland, he embarks on further atrocities with increasing ease thus becoming a dreadful tyrant.
Lady Macbeth: A deeply ambitious woman who lusts for power and position. Early in the play she seems to be the stronger and more ruthless of the two, as she urges her husband to kill Duncan and seize the crown. After the bloodshed begins, however, Lady Macbeth falls victim to guilt and madness to an even greater degree than her husband.
Macduff: A Scottish nobleman hostile to Macbeth’s kingship from the start. He eventually becomes a leader of the crusade to unseat Macbeth. The crusade’s mission is to place the rightful king, Malcolm, on the throne, but Macduff also desires vengeance for Macbeth’s murder of Macduff’s wife and young son.
Banquo: The brave, noble general whose children, according to the witches’ prophecy, will inherit the Scottish throne. Like Macbeth, Banquo thinks ambitious thoughts, but he does not translate those thoughts into action, and is eventually murdered by Macbeth.
Malcolm: The son of Duncan, whose restoration to the throne signals Scotland’s return to order following Macbeth’s reign of terror.
Duncan: The good King of Scotland whom Macbeth, in his ambition for the crown, murders. Duncan is the model of a virtuous, benevolent, and farsighted ruler. His death symbolizes the destruction of an order in Scotland that can be restored only when Duncan’s line, in the person of Malcolm, once more occupies the throne.
Donalbain: Duncan’s daughter and Malcolm’s younger sister.
Fleance: Banquo’s son who survives Macbeth’s attempt to murder him.
Seyton: Macbeth’s servant and chief advisor. He is an active conspirator in Macbeth’s crimes and reign of terror.
Siward: English Lord who aids the Thanes in overthrowing Macbeth.
Young Siward: Siward’s son. He is killed by Macbeth in hand-to-hand combat.
Lady Macduff: Macduff’s wife. She and her children are murdered by Macbeth in order to consolidate power.
Young Macduff: (Young Boy, 10-12) Macduff’s youngest son. Murdered by Macbeth.
Captain: Scottish soldier who fights in battle first with Macbeth, then against him.
Thanes/Soldiers/Murderers: Aid Macbeth in his quest for power
Lady Macbeth’s Lady in Waiting & Other Ladies