For a brief moment, Malcolm looks like he's going to throw up. Macduff has just rushed up the center aisle of the theater and deposited Macbeth's severed head at Malcolm's feet, hailing him as the rightful King of Scotland. The young king gapes at the bloody skull and blanches, but his disgust quickly fades. As he shifts his weight, sitting upright and firm, Malcolm assumes the regal posture his retinue of gore-splattered soldiers expects, and he confidently begins to govern. Malcolm promises to punish the "cruel ministers" of "this dead butcher" and, in a chilling echo of the early scene in which his father, Duncan, honored Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor, he doles out promotions to those who fought on his side. The curtain falls while he... More >>>