Destiny, Conscience Clash

Above: “All the world’s a stage” — including the terraces at Salisbury House and Gardens, where “MacBeth” will be performed this week.

Madness! Murder! Mayhem! What better way to enjoy a pleasant summer evening? At least when it comes to Iowa Stage Theatre’s production of “MacBeth,” which the company will present June 12-16 for this year’s installment of Shakespeare on the Lawn at Salisbury House and Gardens. Lest we forget the dangers of power for power’s sake, we have “MacBeth” to remind us: Driven by ambition and spurred on by his ruthless wife, the warrior MacBeth murders the king of Scotland and grabs the throne. Paranoia, tyranny, brutality and chaos follow. Then there are those strangely mesmerizing witches, who get some of the play’s best lines (“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!”).


Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on the lawn; chairs will be provided, or bring your own chairs or a blanket. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for students, available at salisburyhouse.org.
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