Act 1, Scene 1
1974 Roman Polanski || Rupert Goold 2010
In the Roman Polanski version, the witches are all of different ages. One being young, another middle aged, and the last being old and haggard. They all are dirty and worn, meeting on the beach to speak to one another. Although, in the Rupert Goold version of the play, the three “witches” are played as nurses, in a WWII bunker setting. The witches keep their faces masked with surgical masks while around the other characters in the play, but once they are alone, they pull them down and converse with one another.
The Way They Look
In the Roman Polanski version, the witches are worn, one young, one middle aged, one old. In the Rupert Goold version, the witches are portrayed as nurses, and are all relatively young looking.
In the Roman Polanski version, the witches met on a beach, and it looked to be just before sunrise. In the Rupert Goold version, the witches met in a bunker, seemingly set in the WWII era.
They Caused Trouble
The Roman Polanski version showed the witches performing a ritual by placing a severed hand and knife along with blood into a sand pit. In the Rupert Goold version, the witches kill the captain, and take his heart.