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 (mək-bĕth′) Died 1057.
King of Scotland (1040-1057) who ascended the throne after killing King Duncan (died 1040) in battle. Legends of his rise to power and reign are the basis of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth.
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(məkˈbɛθ; mæk-)
(Biography) died 1057, king of Scotland (1040–57): succeeded Duncan, whom he killed in battle; defeated and killed by Duncan's son Malcolm III
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(məkˈbɛθ, mæk-)

died 1057, king of Scotland 1040–57: subject of a tragedy by Shakespeare.
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One of our most admired Performances was MACBETH, in which we were truly great.
I cannot fix the time or place when my friend and I began to read him, but it was in the fine print of that unhallowed edition of ours, and presently we had great lengths of him by heart, out of "Hamlet," out of "The Tempest," out of "Macbeth," out of "Richard III.," out of "Midsummer-Night's Dream," out of the "Comedy of Errors," out of "Julius Caesar," out of "Measure for Measure," out of "Romeo and Juliet," out of "Two Gentlemen of Verona."
I had shared the conscience of Macbeth, the passion of Othello, the doubt of Hamlet; many times, in my natural affinity for villains, I had mocked and suffered with Richard III.
In those early days I had no philosophized preference for reality in literature, and I dare say if I had been asked, I should have said that the plays of Shakespeare where reality is least felt were the most imaginative; that is the belief of the puerile critics still; but I suppose it was my instinctive liking for reality that made the great Histories so delightful to me, and that rendered "Macbeth" and "Hamlet" vital in their very ghosts and witches.
(17) Serpieri identifies this moment with Macbeth's own "becoming fear itself" by sipping, sucking, absorbing the horror orally like an infant sipping a liquid ("I have supped full with horrors"); Alessandro Serpieri, "Macbeth: il tempo della paura," in Retorica e immaginario (Parma: Pratiche, 1986), 260.
Stewart and McKellen Welles directed and starred as Macbeth in 1948, while long before playing Gandalf, McKellen brought the character to TV in 1978 with Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth.
It is thus clear that the numerous references to blood in Macbeth are directed to create revulsion in the minds of the readers at the deeds of violence that permeate the play and express horror at the union of pain, injustice and tyranny.
MacBeth, of High Street, Bangor, was a member of The Foundations who scored a worldwide hit with the track Build Me Up Buttercup in 1968.
After he was convicted, the jury at Caernarfon Crown Court were told MacBeth had admitted downloading indecent images of children from the internet in April and May last year.
A palpable sense of foreboding fills the theatre as Ray Fearon's Macbeth and Tara Fitzgerald's Lady Macbeth start to give in to their ruthless ambitions.
Macbeth, as first committed to the page at the turn of the seventeenth century, appears to tell of ambition, pure and simple - though little about the actions of its titular character and his wife can be described as pure or simple.
Jim Woods takes the title role, having appeared in a number of roles with Nunthorpe players and MLT, while Yvonne Cotton plays Lady Macbeth.