Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Patrick Stewart's Macbeth to be Broadcast on PBS Tonight

Macbeth. Dir. Rupert Goold. Perf. Patrick Stewart, Kate Fleetwood, Scott Handy, and Michael Feast. 2010. PBS. 6 October 2010.

Great Performances will be broadcasting Rupert Goold's Macbeth (starting Patrick Stewart, among others) tonight.

It looks like a bloody, great performance (no, that isn't swearing—those are coordinate adjectives modifying the noun).* Here's a preview:

Watch the full episode. See more Great Performances.
Check your local listings for precise information. Later, we'll discuss.

*This joke has its origins, for me, in Lord Peter Whimsey. Although I can't cite the exact quote he uses at the present moment, I want to avoid plagiarism like the plague. Thank you.

Update: The joke's origin is in Dorthoy L. Sayers, Clouds of Witness, New York: Harper and Row, 1987.
To-day Parker and I hold high revel. To-day he shows me all the bloody footprints—it's all right, Helen, that's not swearin', that's an adjective of quality. (31)
Thank you very much.

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