Three witches tell the Scottish general Macbeth that he will be King of Scotland. Encouraged by his wife, Macbeth kills the king, becomes the new king, and kills more people out of paranoia. Civil war erupts to overthrow Macbeth, resulting in more death.
Duncan, king of Scotland: The father of Malcolm and Donalbain.
Malcolm: The eldest son of King Duncan and brother of Donalbain.
Donalbain: The younger son of King Duncan and brother of Malcolm.
Macbeth: The husband of Lady Macbeth, a general in the army.
Banquo: The father of Fleance and a general in the army.
Macduff: A Scottish nobleman.
Lennox: A Scottish nobleman
Ross: A Scottish nobleman.
Menteith: A Scottish nobleman.
Angus: A Scottish nobleman.
Caithness: A Scottish nobleman.
Fleance: Son of Banquo.
Siwald, earl of Northumberland: General of the English forces.
Young Siwald: The son of Siwald.
Seyton: An officer attending on Macbeth.
Lady Macbeth: The wife of Macbeth.
Lady Macduff: The wife of Macduff.
Three Witches: The Weird Sisters.