May 24, 2008


Comic superhero muscles in on Macbeth (Marc Horne, 5/25/08, Scotland on Sunday)

The Scottish play has been given a bizarre makeover in a bid to bring the Bard to the Bebo generation.

Macbeth has been transported to a futuristic Tokyo in a comic book version of Shakespeare's masterwork. [...]

Shakespeare expert Dr Andrew Murphy gave his support to the 21st century revamp of Macbeth. The St Andrews University academic, who co-wrote a book which highlighted the Bard's links to Scotland, said the latest version was following a precedent.

"In the past the story has been moved to medieval Japan for the film Throne Of Blood by the acclaimed director Akira Kurosawa.

"The Manga Macbeth retains a reasonable chunk of the original text while simplifying the story.

"My personal feeling is that anything that would be likely to get kids interested in Shakespeare is a good thing and should be encouraged.

"I certainly don't think it demeans the text in any way.

"It's an interesting project and certainly won't stop people from reading the original text. In fact, it might actually turn people on to it."

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 24, 2008 8:29 PM
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