STRATFORD — The Hudson Shakespeare Company will return this month with a special Halloween season offering of “Macbeth” that will be performed in the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street, on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. in the library’s Lovell Room.

Halloween is not usually a subject associated with Shakespeare, but the Bard of Avon could present scenes of bloody horror that would rival any movie from Hammer Productions. And no other Shakespeare play has more witches, black magic and ghosts than “Macbeth.”

And, as everyone knows, Macbeth is where the oft-repeated “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble,” got its start — lines that get a lot of use around Halloween.

Admission is free.

Macbeth (Adam Brooks) and his wife Lady Macbeth (Taylor Basin) are loyal and upstanding subjects until one fateful day following a civil war Macbeth and his friend Banquo meet the prophetic witches telling Macbeth he will become king.

Macbeth tells his wife of the prophecy and she sees it as their destiny calling. She invokes evil spirits to make the prophecy true. Once the couple has killed King Duncan all seems well but the nervous Macbeth must ensure he holds on to power killing everyone who might be a threat leaving a trail of bodies in his wake.

Macbeth returns to the witches (Arielle Legere, Jess Rawls and Joshua Blount) for prophetic counsel and is introduced to Shakespeare’s most vivid séance scene with bubbling cauldron and bloody apparitions.

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