From “Hamilton” to “In The Heights”, Lin-Manuel Miranda is no stranger to American Theatre. But it seems he’s also a fan of the classics!
On Friday, the 37-year-old actor and playwright shared videos on Twitter of his eighth-grade self acting out a rendition of the well-known Shakespeare play “Macbeth”.
Miranda starred as the title character, while his friend Ben Hong played his rival, Macduff.
“2017 has been brutal. So here’s 8th grade Macbeth (Shout out to Ben Hong, my favourite Macduff forever),” Miranda tweeted, along with part one of the hilarious video.
Split into two videos, the mini film is a montage of clips with voiceovers, cutting between different scenes of Macbeth and Macduff duelling out their differences. However, curtain rods took the place of real swords.
“Part 2… (WARNING: contains curtain rod violence),” Miranda tweeted with the second half of the video.
Towards the end of the video, a random woman walks across the screen in front of them. “Also I don’t know who this is but she is immortal now, bless,” Miranda hilariously tweeted along with a blurred screenshot of the woman.
Miranda’s admiration for Shakespeare has remained lifelong, and he gave the play a shout-out in the “Hamilton” song “Take A Break”: “I trust you’ll understand the reference to another Scottish tragedy without my having to name the play / They think me Macbeth, and ambition is my folly / I’m a polymath, a pain in the a**, a massive pain / Madison is Banquo, Jefferson’s Macduff / And Birnam Wood is Congress on its way to Dunsinane”.