Something wicked

Something wicked this way comes

The “sound and fury” of one of William Shakespeare‘s most well-known works will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at Carroll Arts Center in Westminster.

The National Players will perform “Macbeth,” the tragedy which explores the consequences of unchecked ambition.

The National Players, America’s longest-running professional touring theater company, are known for adapting the bard’s works into contemporary and relevant productions.

“This professional company is always a thrill for us to present,” said Sandy Oxx, executive director of the arts center.

Oxx said a grant from Maryland State Arts Council’s Maryland Touring Program has allowed the center to host the show at reduced ticket prices.

“It’s a theatrical treat not to be missed,” she said.

Although “Macbeth” is one of Shakespeare’s shortest tragedies, it is considered by many to be one of his most powerful tales.

The play wherein “fair is foul, and foul is fair” tells the story of the general Macbeth’s run-in with three witches who give him the prophecy he will be King of Scotland.

Overcome by his own ambitions and at the urging of Lady Macbeth, he murders King Duncan to bring about the prophecy before descending into paranoid tyranny and eventual madness.

The play is also known for inciting superstition among those who perform it.

Some believe the play is cursed and will not mention its title aloud, instead calling it “the Scottish Play.”