Shakespeare's tragedy begins with the title character, the Thane of Glamis, reveling in honor and glory from his conquest over rebels who threatened the king. When three witches prophesy Macbeth's ascent to the throne, a lust for power overtakes him, and this desire, coupled with the coercion of his ambitious wife, leads to Macbeth's murder of the king. But once seated on the throne, he must commit more bloodshed to retain the crown. The transformation of this true knight into a bloody tyrant makes for one of the most profound studies of evil and ruthless ambition ever written. Paul Mullins directs.