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, […]

Media for the “Opening Scene” Activity

In this production the actors decided that they preferred the rule of Claudius, a peace-keeping King who enjoyed a good party! This is important in the staging as it is when we, the audience, and the Court first see Claudius as King. The staging of this opening court scene is instrumental in revealing the relationships […]

Media for the “Polonius’ Family” Activity

Every actor should understand exactly what they are saying in order to make the most of their role. For the first two to three weeks of the rehearsal process Gregory Doran gave the actors three key rules when they were reading the play: 1) That they don’t read their own part 2) That they can’t […]


Media for “The Role of the Players” Activity

The Players Speech – Hamlet’s Attempt to Kill Claudius – Greg Doran decided to repeat the image of Priam hesitating with his sword in the air, as shown by the player, when Hamlet takes the dagger to Claudius. Watch The Player’s speech immediately followed by Hamlet’s attempt to kill Claudius. What are the similarities? How […]


Media for “The Role of Osric” Activity

In Greg Doran’s rehearsals, the actors decided that Osric is a ‘political flunkie’ – an ambitious young employee of the court, hoping to impress Claudius. They used clothes to convey this – the production is in modern dress so the designer used clothes that a modern audience quickly understands as conveying ambition and business: a […]


Media for “The Final Scene” Activity

The final scene. How did the choices the actors made differ from the choices of the group? What movements were the most effective and why? What was more significant gesture or looks? You might want to watch it again with the sound off to specifically look at how the actors tell the story with their […]