By Kelsey Keener
CEDAR CITY – A life-sized statue of Shakespearean character Lady Macbeth joined eight other figures in the Pedersen Shakespeare Character Garden Aug 21.
The new character statue was funded by contributions from State Bank of Southern Utah and sculpted by Stanley J. Watts. Unveiling the statue included a brief program that included Festival Executive Producer Frank Mack, Artistic Director Brian Vaughn and Festival Founder Fred C. Adams. SBSU President and CEO Eric Schmutz also gave remarks and SBSU officials performed the unveiling.
The bronze statue depicts Lady Macbeth holding a candle and wandering the corridors of the castle, consumed with her part in the murder of King Duncan. The plaque at the base of the statue offers a quote from Macbeth, said by a woman who sees Lady Macbeth stricken with guilt: “Lo you, here she comes! This is her very guise.”
The Character Garden is located between the Randall L. Jones Theatre and the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, and also features a statue of William Shakespeare along with characters Juliet Capulet, Sir John Falstaff, King Lear, Hamlet, Henry V, Cleopatra and Titania.