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Shakespeare Reimagined: The Tragedy of Macbeth


Following the screening, join us for a post-film discussion and Q&A featuring WBUR film critic Sean Burns, journalist and best-selling author Anita Diamant, and Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Boston University Harvey Young, moderated by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler. 

The Tragedy of Macbeth, directed by Joel Coen and starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand is the tragic tale of greed, amoral ambition, and power-grabbing that resonates as much today as it did when the play was written 400 years ago. The film has won awards from the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle.

About Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC)

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, best known for its annual free performances on Boston Common, is a non-profit theater organization founded in 1996, dedicated to artistic excellence, accessibility, and education. CSC’s Free Shakespeare on the Common has served over one million audience members over its 25-year history and has become a beloved summer tradition enjoyed by more than 50,000 people annually. After a hiatus in 2020 because of the Covid pandemic, CSC presented The Tempest on Boston Common in the summer of 2021. In addition to its live theatre productions, CSC has also presented a variety of virtual programs, most particularly in the past year. The company also runs the CSC Academy, which provides education programs for middle and high school students and training programs for opportunities for early-career performers. For more information visit

Please note this screening will include Open Captioning. If you have questions about accessibility or would like to make any disability related accommodation requests, please email

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1hr 45mins

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand take center stage in Joel Coen's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Scottish Play".