Playwright: William Shakespeare
Translation: Syed Shamsul Haq
Director: Sudip Chakroborty
Troupe: Padatik Nattya Sangsad (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Language of the play: Bangla
Duration of the Play: 95 minutes

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স্কটিশ সেনাপতি ম্যাকবেথ যুদ্ধ জয় করে ফিরে আসার পথে একদল রহস্যময় শক্তি তাদের পথ রোধ করে ভবিষ্যৎবাণী উচ্চারণ করে বলেছিল, ম্যাকবেথ হবে কডোর প্রধান ও পরে রাজা এবং ব্যাংকো হবে রাজার আদি পিতা। ম্যাকবেথের চিঠি পেয়ে লেডি ম্যাকবেথ জানতে পারে বিস্তারিত, উচ্চাকাক্সক্ষা জন্ম নেয়। ম্যাকবেথকে প্ররোচিত করে রাজা সে ডানকানকে হত্যার। নিজ বাড়িতে রাজাকে হত্যা করে সিংহাসনে বসে ম্যাকবেথ। রাজ হত্যার দায় কৌশলে এড়াতে একে একে হত্যা করে ডানকানের দেহরক্ষীদ্বয়, ব্যাংকো, ম্যাকডাফের স্ত্রী-সন্তানদের। রহস্যময় শক্তিদের তৈরি করা মোহ ম্যাকবেথ ভুলে যায় যে ক্ষমতা চিরস্থায়ী নয়। লেডি ম্যাকবেথ অনুতাপে দগ্ধ ও অসুস্থ হয়ে আত্বহননের পথ বেছে নেয়। ইংল্যাংডের রাজার সহায়তায় নিজ রাজ্য পুনরুদ্ধারে ডানকান পুত্রদ্বয় ম্যালকম ও ডোনালবেইন ম্যাকবেথ বাহিনীকে পরাজিত করে এবং ম্যাকডাফের অস্ত্রের আঘাতে সমাপ্তি ঘটে ক্ষমতা আঁকড়ে ধরে থাকা এক স্বেচ্ছাচারী ম্যাকবেথের।
A thunderstorm and three witches conclude a meeting. They decide to confront the great Scottish general Macbeth on his victorious return from a war between Scotland and Norway. The Scottish king, Duncan, decides that he will confer the title of the traitorous Cawdor on the heroic Macbeth.
Macbeth, and another General called Banquo, happen upon the three witches. The witches predict that he will one day become king. They also predict that Banquo will beget a line of kings, although will not ascend the throne himself. King Duncan arranges to visit him at his castle. Macbeth cannot stop thinking about the witches’ prediction that he will become king and decides that he will murder Duncan. Macbeth’s wife agrees to his plan.
Duncan arrives at the castle with his entourage but he has second thoughts about the murder plot. The forceful Lady Macbeth holds him to his vow to kill Duncan and further encourages him. She then summons evil spirits to “unsex” her and fortify her with cruelty. He then murders Duncan assisted by his wife who smears the blood of Duncan on the daggers of the sleeping guards.
A nobleman called Macduff discovers the body. Before investigation can take place Macbeth kills the guards insisting that their daggers smeared with Duncan’s blood are proof that they committed the murderous crime. Duncan’s sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, do not believe their father, however, fearing for their lives, they flee Scotland. This makes them appear guilty so the crown passes to Macbeth.
He remembers the prophecy of the witches that Banquo will beget a line of kings So he sends hired assassins to murder Banquo and his sons Donalbain and Fleance. Fleance, is the only one to escape with his life.
At a feast the bloodied ghost of Banquo appears to Macbeth but to no one else causing Macbeth to act and speak strangely. His wife sends the guests away.
Macbeth plagued by the fear of being discovered begins to suspect that Macduff, a nobleman who refused to attend the feast suspects him. He meets with the witches again and they confirm that he has good reason to fear Macduff but they soothe his fears by telling him that no born of woman can harm him.
After meeting with the witches he learns that Macduff is urging Duncan’s son, Malcolm, to reclaim the throne. In revenge, he has Macduff’s wife and son murdered. Macduff organizes an army to bring down Macbeth.
Lady Macbeth’s conscience now begins to torture her and she imagines that she can see her hands covered with blood. She commits suicide.
Macbeth meets Macduff in hand-to-hand combat confident that he will win the day because ”none born of woman” can harm him. Macduff then reveals that he was not ”of woman born” but was ”untimely ripp’d” from his mother’s womb. Macduff kills Macbeth and the witches prediction proves true. Malcolm becomes king. The themes discussed are ambition, fate, deception and treachery.

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