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Old 11-08-2009, 09:13 AM
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It depends how your doing your MacBeth - faithfully or adapting for, say, a teen version. Different actresses could play that style of character depending on your approach.

However, if one was doing a closer to the play adaption I'd probably pick a 40-something actress myself.

Either way, now, Mulgrew is, I would think - a little too old.

But a casting director may think otherwise!
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:15 AM
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When I began reading MacBeth, VOYAGER was on the air and for some reason I naturally imagined Kate Mulgrew as Lady MacBeth. I see her more as a strong, power hungry woman who dominates a weaker willed man, I didn't really get the hint that sex had anything to do with it.
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:19 AM
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But Kate was about 38 at the time Voyager started, she's now about 54.
An older Lady MacBeth does seem to imply an older MacBeth, and it seems less likely that an older man could be induced to kill, whereas a younger more naive and sexually impulsive man could be misled and induced a lot easier. So Oradeck does have a point, and the murder does seem to imply patricide, so the couple would have to be young. And, as we all know, the young are a lot more ambitious.

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Old 11-08-2009, 09:34 AM
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Remember though, it is not Lady Macbeth who first triggers the ambition that leads to the murders.

The witches do when their initial prophecies come to pass.

That's when MacBeth becomes interested in the last prophecy that he will be King and he and Lady MacBeth devise their murderous plot.

But there's no patricide involved as MacBeth is not Family to Duncan, merely one of his generals. It's actually regicide.
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:18 AM
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I don't think that it is very age-specific role, the couple seems to be in their middle age.

In a specific production which features an interpretation like the aforementioned seduction idea (I always imagined Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the witches&Hecate as different parts of one person, in other terms Lady Macbeth as unconsciousness, as interior seducer ... but this Freudian stuff is obviously a modern interpretation and not what the Bard had in mind), age might be more relevant.
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