THE NAME Macbeth has been so besmirched and blackened with blood it is now a byword for butchery and venal, vaulting political ambition. As for the Thane of Cawdor's "fiend-like queen," she's the archetypal evil woman.
IT IS known by superstitious actors as "the Scottish play", but a pair of historians are now questioning how much William Shakespeare's Macbeth actually belonged to England's most famous playwright.
YOU'VE studied the history and seen the play - now get ready for Macbeth, the text message.
A LIBERAL Democrat MSP will play the part of First Minister in a modern re-telling of Macbeth by a theatre group based at the Scottish Parliament.
"DOUBLE, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble." Four centuries after Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, two rival sets of film-makers are battling to produce a Hollywood version of the "Scottish play".
A PRODUCTION of Macbeth which has played to sell-out audiences is coming to the Capital for the only Scottish date in its global tour.
"DID YOU KNOW Macbeth was born 1,000 years ago this year?" an interviewer from Estonian Television asks me.
PARLIAMENTARIANS have stepped in to give Scotland's most recognised king a 21st century image makeover.
IT IS hard to think of anyone who has had a worse press than the much-maligned anti-hero of the "Scottish Play". Shakespeare’s Macbeth was a no-good murderer who killed the good and fair King Duncan, but received his comeuppance in the end.
WHAT is drama? And what is truth? This week, Members of the Scottish Parliament launched a campaign to rehabilitate Macbeth. They feel he was unfairly treated by Shakespeare.
MSPS have launched a campaign to rehabilitate Macbeth in an effort to turn Shakespeare’s murderous villain into a positive tourist attraction.