Macbeth Role Descriptions

Note: We are open to cast many of these characters as either male or female. We will also likely double cast some characters.

Macbeth (Male, Young Adult/Adult) - A Scottish general and the thane of Glamis who is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of the three witches. Ambitious and influenced by his wife, he murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. His guilt and paranoia consume him.

Lady Macbeth (Female, Young Adult/Adult) - Macbeth's wife, deeply ambitious, who spurs her husband's dark ambitions. She is initially ruthless and driven, but later, she is overcome by guilt and madness.

The Three Witches (Either Gender, Child/Young Adult/Adult) - Mystical figures who prophesize Macbeth's rise to power and his downfall. Their ambiguous and manipulative words play a crucial role in Macbeth's actions. They are eerie and enigmatic.

Banquo (Either Gender, Young Adult/Adult) - A noble general whose children, according to the witches' prophecy, will inherit the Scottish throne. A figure of morality and insight, Banquo suspects Macbeth of foul play.

Duncan (Either Gender, Young Adult/Adult) - The good and rightful ruler of Scotland. Their murder marks the start of Macbeth's tyrannical reign. Duncan is a symbol of order and justice.

Macduff (Male, Young Adult/Adult) - A Scottish noble who becomes suspicious of Macbeth and eventually leads a crusade against him to restore the throne to its rightful heir. Macduff represents honor and righteousness.

Malcolm (Either Gender, Young Adult/Adult) - Duncan’s eldest child, who flees Scotland after his father's murder and later returns to overthrow Macbeth. Malcolm’s journey from a frightened youth to a confident leader is significant.

Lady Macduff (Female, Young Adult/Adult) - Macduff's wife, who is killed on Macbeth's orders. Her role highlights the theme of innocence destroyed by ambition and power.

Fleance (Either Gender, Child/Young Adult/Adult) - Banquo's child, who escapes Macbeth's plot to kill them. Fleance’s survival ensures the witches' prophecy that Banquo's descendants will rule Scotland.

Ross (Either Gender, Young Adult/Adult) - A Scottish noble who plays a significant role in relaying information throughout the play. Ross’ allegiances are ambiguous, reflecting the moral ambiguity of the time.

Lennox (Either Gender, Young Adult/Adult) - A Scottish noble, often seen discussing important matters of the kingdom. Lennox becomes increasingly skeptical and questioning of Macbeth's actions.

Seyton (Either Gender, Young Adult/Adult) - An attendant to Macbeth, loyal to him. Seyton's interactions with Macbeth demonstrate Macbeth's isolation and the decay of his reign.

Hecate (Female, Young Adult/Adult) - The goddess of witchcraft, who helps the three witches in their plot against Macbeth. Her presence emphasizes the supernatural aspect of the play.

Donalbain (Either Gender, Young Adult/Adult) - Duncan's child, flees Scotland after Duncan’s murder.

The Porter (Either Gender, Young Adult/Adult) - Provides comic relief in the play with a short, humorous monologue. The porter’s scene serves as a moment of levity in an otherwise dark and intense narrative.

The Murderers (Either Gender, Young Adult/Adult) - Hired by Macbeth to kill Banquo, Fleance, Lady Macduff, and her children. They represent the darker elements of human nature and the willingness to commit evil deeds.

Gentlewoman (Female, Young Adult/Adult) - Lady Macbeth’s attendant. She observes Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking and provides insights into her guilt and unraveling mental state.

Doctor (Either Gender, Young Adult/Adult) - Observes Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking and comments on her mental state. Represents the limits of medicine against psychological disturbances.