Lady Macbeth in America

From the Stage to the White House

  • Authors
  • Gay Smith

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Gay Smith
    Pages 1-6
  3. Gay Smith
    Pages 7-17
  4. Gay Smith
    Pages 43-62
  5. Gay Smith
    Pages 63-92
  6. Gay Smith
    Pages 93-113
  7. Gay Smith
    Pages 115-136
  8. Gay Smith
    Pages 159-180
  9. Gay Smith
    Pages 181-186
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 187-240

About this book


Lady Macbeth has haunted American history since the conflicts of Shakespeare s England spilled over into New England s real witch hunts. To reveal how Lady Macbeth entered American politics as an icon for the First Lady, this investigation focuses on the prominent actresses in the role, how they performed, and their effect on audiences anxious about the country s First Lady and her influence over the President - especially at times of war. Smith ably shows how the various Lady Macbeths have both reflected and shaped the image their contemporaries have of the ambitious political wife, producing parallels that converge dramatically in twentieth-century "witch hunts."


America revolution stage theatre William Shakespeare

Bibliographic information