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Wee Macbeth celebrates huge success

20 October 2006

Shakespeare’s Macbeth was mad, bad and dangerous to know – and you probably wouldn’t invite his wife for tea either. But how much of the famous play was actually true? Was the real King Macbeth all he was made out to be?

This summer, hundreds of people from all over the country decided to find out, as Historic Scotland attractions hosted 'Is this a Dagger – The Story of Macbeth'. Devised and staged by the award winning Edinburgh-based Wee Stories theatre company, Historic Scotland events team were delighted when tickets to each of the shows at Linlithgow Palace, Stirling, Urquhart, Aberdour, and Craigmillar castles sold out in a matter of weeks. Such was the success, Wee Stories will put on a special performance at Edinburgh Castle this Monday, especially for staff and guests.

Nick Finnigan, Events Manager at Historic Scotland said: "The success of ‘The Story of Macbeth’ has been phenomenal, and we are delighted about our collaboration with Wee Stories.  This intimate one man show really sheds light on the man behind the myths.  It’s superb entertainment for the whole family and we look forward to welcoming this innovative theatre company back to our magnificent sites in the future."

The actual Macbeth lived at a time when the king was supposed to be the strongest man in the land, and taking the throne by force was common practice.  And far from having a brief and insecure reign, he ruled from 1034 to 1067 and felt sufficiently sure of his position to make a pilgrimage to Rome in 1050 without being worried that someone would snatch the throne while he was away.

Notes for editors
  • Please note ‘Is This A Dagger – The Story of Macbeth’ is only suitable for children over the age of 8 years.  To find out more about Wee Stories, visit
  • Macbeth’s name was Mac Bethad mac Findlaich and his queen was Gruoch. He was originally a regional ruler in the north but became king of Scots after killing Duncan I in battle. During his reign he became renowned as a benefactor of the church, making gifts to the monks of St Serf’s island on Loch Leven in Perth and Kinross. Macbeth was eventually killed by Malcolm at Lumphanan in August 1057. He was briefly succeeded by his son Lulach who assassinated in March 1058.
  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae.
  • Historic Scotland’s complete events guide can also be seen online at

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Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
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0131 668 8959