Module 5: Drama

Given the following short act from Shakespeare’s MacBeth:

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Act 1, Scene 1 SCENE I. A desert place. Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches First Witch When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain? Second Witch When the hurlyburly's done, When the battle's lost and won. Third Witch That will be ere the set of sun. First Witch Where the place? Second Witch Upon the heath. Third Witch There to meet with Macbeth. First Witch I come, Graymalkin! Second Witch Paddock calls. Third Witch Anon. ALL Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air. Exeunt
Example 1. Act I, scene I of MacBeth (Shakespeare 1904). Available from https://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/macbeth_1_1.html.
  1. Structure the text into acts and speeches.
  2. Indicate the speakers.
  3. Indicate the stage directions.
  4. Given the characters occurring in this act, construct a partial cast list, and add it to your transcription.


  • Shakespeare, William. 1904. MacBeth. Edited by Thomas Marc Parrott. New York: American Book Co.