The Western Carolina University Bardo Arts Center Sunday Cinema Series presents a screening of “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare Sunday at 3 p.m.

This is a pre-recorded, encore screening from the National Theatre in London, presented in HD on the big screen in the Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall.

“Macbeth” was considered Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy and was first performed for King James I at Hampton Court, London in 1606.

The play is set in Scotland and tells the story of Macbeth, a Scottish general, who becomes power hungry for the throne. Three witches, often referred to as the “weird sisters,” tempt Macbeth with the idea that he will be king.

Once Lady Macbeth encourages him to kill the king, in their ruthless fighting to survive, the Macbeths are soon propelled towards the crown. After the king’s death, Macbeth falls paranoid and a civil war erupts in an attempt to overthrow him. Critics liken this version of Macbeth as akin to watching a horror movie.

The Bardo Arts Center Sunday Cinema offers viewers a chance to be transported to world-famous venues and see critically-acclaimed actors and productions in high-definition on the big screen in the Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall. Make an afternoon out of it and take a trip to the WCU Fine Art Museum beforehand, which is open one hour prior to the screening. Concessions will available for purchase and can be taken into the BAC Performance Hall to enjoy during the screening.

To purchase tickets for “Macbeth” and for more information, visit arts.wcu.edu/macbeth or call 227-ARTS. This screening is approximately two and a half hours and is rated PG-13.