and his wife as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, in costumes aiming to be historically accurate (1858).]]Macbeth is among the best known of William Shakespeare's plays, and is his shortest surviving tragedy. It is frequently performed at both amateur and professional levels, and frequently adapted. Often regarded as archetypal, the play tells of the dangers of the lust for power and the betrayal of friends. For the plot Shakespeare drew loosely on the historical account of King Macbeth of Scotland by Raphael Holinshed and that by the Scottish philosopher Hector Boece The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. There are many superstitions centred on the belief the play is somehow "cursed", and many actors will not mention the name of the play aloud, referring to it instead as "the Scottish Play".
Date and text
Macbeth cannot be dated precisely owing to significant evidence of later revisions. Many scholars conjecture the likely date of composition to be between 1603 and 1606.A.R. Braunmuller,