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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds[SOUND OF WIND]

Skip to 0 minutes and 26 seconds[RAIN DRIPPING]

Skip to 0 minutes and 34 seconds[CROW CAWS]

Skip to 0 minutes and 37 secondsThe raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 secondsCome, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here--

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsFill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood-- Stop up the access and passage to remorse, that no compunctious visitings of nature shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between the effect and it. Come to my woman's breasts-- [SCREAMS]

Skip to 1 minute and 21 seconds--take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers, wherever in your sightless substances you wait on nature's mischief. [CRIES IN PAIN] Come, thick night, and pall thee in dunnest smoke of hell, that my keen knife see not the wound it makes, nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, to cry "Hold, hold." [RAIN FALLING]

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The Shakespeare Lives short film collection

In Step 2.2 and Step 3.5 we looked at some of the many adaptations of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth that have been created, and how the plays have been changed, modernised and rewritten for different forms, from Hollywood and Bollywood films to children’s cartoons and more. In 2016, the British Council and GREAT commissioned a series of short films, which reimagined some of Shakespeare’s most famous works for a modern audience. This scene from Macbeth is one of those films.

In this scene, Lady Macbeth, played by Vicky McClure (known for her roles in the film This is England and the television series Line of Duty), summons up her demons in the soliloquy from Act I, Scene V. It’s a menacing and dark film, which combines performance with animation inspired by Japanese manga. Watch and tell us what you think in the comments.

You can watch more of our Shakespeare Lives short films here including films inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Tempest, Othello and King Lear. Some of the films use Shakespeare’s original text, but update the location and imagery, while others use the plays as a starting point, but then go on to explore radically new directions. Watch and tell us which ones you like and why. Do you think modern reimaginings like this are a good way to introduce Shakespeare to new audiences?

What choices do directors need to make when they are adapting or updating Shakespeare? You can experience a little of this for yourself with our Mix the Play website. In it, you choose the style, the setting, the actors and music to create your own scenes from Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Why not try it, then share your clip in the comments? Just copy and paste the link once you finish.

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