Educator's Guide


In support of the GREAT PERFORMANCES telecast, WNET.ORG is distributing 30,000 copies of a Macbeth poster & teachers’ guide to schools nationwide, which will assist educators in utilizing the PBS broadcast in the classroom. This activity-based analysis of the play is illustrated by various lesson plans and activities.  After the October 6 premiere PBS broadcast, the complete film will be available for viewing online at here on the Great Performances Web site and

Download the Education Guide

Download the poster

  • Barbara Ressler

    Thanks for the wonderful teaching guide. I will tell others about your program and the materials.

  • Mary Lee

    How did you get it? It did not download on my computer.

  • Beth

    I had trouble also, Mary Lee. It started to appear as a pdf and then went totally blank. If you right click on the link and select “save link as” you can download it that way.

  • david ernst

    Hello Viewers,

    We’re glad everyone’s enjoying the Educator’s Guide! In order to ensure that everyone can access it, please make sure you have the most up-to-date version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can download it here at

    We hope you all stay tuned for the Season Premiere of GREAT PERFORMANCES Macbeth which airs tomorrow October 6 at 9pm (check your local listings) With the schedule tool, remember to change the station to your local PBS station!

    Thanks again, and we hope you stay tuned for more GREAT PERFORMANCES!

  • Helene

    For those viewers in the greater Philadelphia area — that is, southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware — there will be two opportunities to watch this production during this week.

    Lehigh Valley’s PBS station (WLVT) will air “Macbeth” this evening, Oct. 6, at 9 p.m. The Philadelphia PBS station (WHYY) will air it on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 3 p.m.

  • tessa

    I didn’t know it was on and missed the first half hour! Will it be shown again in New York? My son is doing Macbeth this year and I would love to record it for him.

  • Gen Wils



    Caught the last 45 minutes. I was stunned by this performance. Really hope it is aired again so that I can catch the whole performance :).

  • Laura

    Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful… I will forever see Patrick Stewart as Macbeth. Kate Fleetwood’s Lady Macbeth is downright scary!

  • TMP

    I assigned it as an extra credit project for my theater appreciation class, I think they’ll be blown away. In the rural community where I live many college students have never heard of Shakespeare never mind recognize legendary characters.

    The production was totally engrossing and a wonderful way to introduce students and others to the masterworks of the Bard.

  • Sandra

    I saw the performance last night and I was glued to the screen. Patrick Stewart was WONDERFUL as Macbeth.

  • HCCstudent

    I was blown away by the contemporary approach for this play… though some scenes where quite robust and very theatrical.

    Patrick Stewart or even sir Ian Mckellen are best Macbeth that I have ever seen.

    Overall, I think this is the best way to incorporate a classic play to modern interpretation so viewers of this generation would come and appreciate such a masterpiece.

    I am thankful for my professor for sharing this, and also a good recommend for my fellow students.

  • Patty W.

    Sandra, I agree that Sir Patrick was wonderful, and I also want to acknowledge the rest of the cast. I wasn’t familiar with any of them, but they were all excellent. A very, very solid production. Also, I’ve seen some contemporary settings of Shakespeare that worked and some that didn’t; this one worked great. (As did Illuminations’ production of “Hamlet” on PBS earlier this year.)

  • Anna

    Stewart fabulous – a no brainer — but what about Kate Fleetwood? What a fantastic lady Macbeth. Never heard of her before, but her name is now one I will look for. :)

  • Anna

    How long will the video be available to view on the Great Performances page??? And will it then be available for purchase??? Would love to add this into my curriculum permanently.

  • Patty W.

    Anna, did you check the PBS Shop tab on this website? They say the “Macbeth” DVD will ship by Oct. 19th:

  • M. F.

    Where’s the credits for the composer of the music?
    Who wrote the music?
    Who played the music?

  • Cindy Johnson

    I am a senior lit teacher. Would love to show this to the class. Is there anyway we can see it having missed the showing this past week?

    Cindy Johnson

    Thanks for your fine work!

  • Connie

    I had taped it for later viewing. Then I saw it was on our pbs rewind station. I began to watch and knew that I wanted to follow the dialog on my laptop as I viewed. Wow! This was one of the few productions by the bard with few exceptions that followed the original.

    Thank you so much for PBS!


  • Caryle Katz

    Magnificent production. I saw most of it, and was awed by Patrick Stewart’s performance. Unfortunately, I did a fast fade about two-thirds through and had to turn it off to go to sleep, so I’m delighted that I’ll be able to view it online.

    Kudos to PBS and Great Performances, to whom I am so grateful for bringing us incredible, worthwhile viewing.
    I have been a public television supporter for many years. It’s the best entertainment buy available.

  • Melissa

    I just wanted to say how much my students loved this version of the play. I have been looking for a decent version of the production to show my class for years, and now I’ve found it. By the way, I had trouble loading the pdf teacher’s guide using FireFox, but when I opened it in Explorer it worked perfectly. So that my help if you can’t open the pdf. Thanks PBS!

  • V. Lague

    Thank you so much for the online films and materials. I hope PBS will leave this material up and available for a long time!

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  • Michael

    Blasphemy! LOL Just kidding. Dare I say I have read similar things on other blogs. Ill take your word for it. Stay solid! your pal.

  • Jack

    What a generous resource PBS has provided us to help our students appreciate Macbeth. My ninth graders are going to produce 5 3-4 minute scenes from the the play and join the conversation with all of the directors, producers and actors who have preceded them. They need to access the PBS production in pieces, and it is well-marked and tagged to facilitate this process. However, I cannot move my cursor ahead to skip between scenes. What do I need to do?

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