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Description

Actor Louise Lombard examines Lady Macbeth in relation to her social historical context in William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. She challenges the traditional negative portrayal of Lady Macbeth and looks at several different versions of the character.
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First broadcast:
17 May 1996

Classroom Ideas

Can be used to explore the internal character of Lady Macbeth in detail. The presenter in the clip asks 'what is going on inside her head?'. Students can approach the task as sympathetic enquirers, perhaps mental health workers seeking some answers after her tragic suicide. Students could be given a sheet which has the outline of a woman's head and asked to trawl for quotes from the play that reveal something about Lady Macbeth's inner state. Can students find a new understanding of this character?