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William Shakespeare is generally renowned as being the finest poet and playwright in the English language and also being the worlds most widely read author Shakespeare was born on 23rd April 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon Warwickshire By 1592 Shakespeare had attained success as an actor and playwright After about 1608 Shakespeares dramatic production lessened and he later died on 23rd April 1616 Roman Polanski was born in 1933 in France but lived in Krakow from an early age His parents were sent to a concentration camp when he was twelve but he was later reunited with his father In 1969 Sharon Tate Polanskis first wife was brutally murdered Later in 1977 Polanski pleaded guilty to the charge of intercourse with a minor Polanski seems to reflect the bad low times in his life in his films Macbeth is a tragic story partly based on the Chronicles by Raphael Holinshed It was first performed in 1506 and later published in 1623 The play is based on the tragedy of a mans conscience During the play Macbeth changes from a person of strong but imperfect moral sense to a man who will stop at nothing to get and keep what he wants By the end of the play he has lost all emotion This is brought about by the influence of the witches and by power hungry Lady Macbeth and his ambition Polanski starts off his interpretation of Shakespeares Macbeth with a scene of daybreak The sky at the beginning is red a colour associated with danger hatred and most commonly with the saying Red sky in the morning Shepherds warning The sky then turns from a sunny morning to a dull overcast sky which may link the witches with the darkness that they bring with them This is largely different from Shakespeares version of the play as when the witches enter there is thunder and lightning He does this to show that he
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