GARDINER – Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center will present The Theater at Monmouth’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” Saturday, Feb. 2.

Most likely written in 1606 in honor of James I, the new Scottish-born King of England, “Macbeth” is Shakespeare’s shortest and darkest tragedy. Referred to in theater circles as “the Scottish play” because many consider the play cursed, “Macbeth” is based on Holinshed’s Chronicles (1587), the source of many of Shakespeare’s historical plays.

The tragedy of greed and ambition comes to life in a professional production that asks audience members to consider how much fate controls their lives and how much of their success can be attributed to pure ambition.

The TAM production of “Macbeth” is set in a timeless place and features a company of eight professional actors. The performance includes some live music and lots of action. The full performance runs two hours with an intermission.

The production is touring Maine’s high schools and a few other venues. Johnson Hall is one of only three public performances.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Seating is limited. Call 582-7144 for reservations. Johnson Hall is at 280 Water St.

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