Act 1 scene 1 In a desolate place blasted by thunderstorms, Three Witches meet to predict the future.
Act 1 scene 2 Scotland is at war. King Duncan faces not not only his own rebellious kinsmen but also an invasion by King Sweno of the Norwegians. In this scene, Duncan receives three significant reports: the death of the rebel Macdonald at the hands of “brave Macbeth”; Macbeth’s action against the Norwegians; and the treachery of the Thane of Cawdor, who has sided with the enemy. In each case, Macbeth’s heroism shines out, leading to victory for Scotland and surrender by Sweno. Finally, Duncan orders Cawdor’s execution and arranges for his title to pass to Macbeth.
Act 1 scene 3 With a clap of thunder, the Witches reappear. Having demonstrated their power by casting a terrible curse upon a sailor whose wife offended one of them, they encounter Macbeth and Banquo as the two soldiers ride from the battlefield. The sisters make three prophecies, the first two regarding Macbeth and the last regarding Banquo.Macbeth shal be named as Thane of Cawdor and then king; Banquo altough he shall not himself rule in Scotland, will be father to future generations of kings. Immediately, the Witches vanish into thin air leaving the two captains in amazement. Ross and Angus arrive on the scene to confirm what we already know, that Macbeth is to be invested with the thaneship of Cawdor. The Witches’ first prophecy has come true.
Act 1 Scene 4 In the palace courtroom, King Duncan receives the news of the execution or Fawdor and delivers formal thanks to Macbeth and Banquo for their part in the battle. Then, to the private astonishment of Macbeth, Duncan announces that his successor as king, whenever that may be, will be his son Malcolm.
Act 1 Scene 5 At Macbeth’s home, the castle of Inverness, Lady Macbeth reads a letter from her husband concerneing his meeting with the Witches. She is immediately aware of the significance of their prophetic words and on being informed that King...