Feb 23rd 2021

Macbeth and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605

@ Newberry Library


Opening Tuesday, February 23rd, from 4PM - 5PM

To many modern audiences, Macbeth is about personal ambition and revenge. Yet Shakespeare’s tragedy also engages directly, though subtly, with the politics of Elizabethan England—and especially the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in which a group of English Catholics conspired to blow up Parliament and kill King James I.

In this free virtual program, actress Erin Sloan will speak with members of the Shakespeare Project of Chicago about how the real-life events of the Gunpowder Plot and the figure of conspirator Guy Fawkes wove their way into Shakespeare’s bloodiest play.

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