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Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock: Tragedy of 'Macbeth' will unfold at Marriotts Ridge

Nearly 400 years before the publication of J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter book, William Shakespeare spellbound audiences with another story about witches, prophecies, overarching ambition, madness and murder.

"The Tragedy of Macbeth" portrays the moral decline of a Scottish general who hungered to be king — at any cost — and his downfall still resonates with audiences today.

Superstitious members of the theater community believe that speaking the name "Macbeth" inside the theater will result in real-life tragedy and instead refer to Shakespeare's work as "The Scottish Play." Audiences may hear it referred to both...