Some of the many Macbeths and Lady Macbeths in the last 100 years.


Duncan

King of Scotland

Malcolm, Donalbain

His sons

Macbeth, Banquo

Generals of the king’s army

Macduff, Lennox, Ross, Menteith, Angus, Caithness

Noblemen of Scotland

Fleance

Son to Banquo

Siward

Earl of Northumberland, general of the English forces

Young Siward

His son

Seyton

An officer attending on Macbeth

Boy

Son to Macduff

An English Doctor

A Scotch Doctor

A Soldier

A Porter

An Old Man



Female parts were listed after all the speaking male parts, regardless of their importance in the play. Lady Macbeth, for instance, is a much more important character than many of the male roles. Note also that in Shakespeare’s day, all female roles were played by men and boys, in costume.

Lady Macbeth

Wife to Macbeth

Lady Macduff

Wife to Macduff

Gentlewoman attending on Lady Macbeth

Hecate

The chief goddess of spells and witchcraft.

Three Witches

Apparitions



The less important and non-speaking parts were listed last.

Lords, Gentlemen, Officers, Soldiers, Murderers, Attendants, and Messengers