Characters: Malcolm, Old Siward and his son, Macduff, Menteth, Cathness, Angus, Lenox, Rosse and Soldiers
Location: Country near Dunsinane. A wood in view.
Events:The two armies opposing Macbeth have joined forces. Malcolm orders that every man must cut down a bough from Birnam wood so that they can conceal the army’s true size, and reports that many men have deserted from Macbeth.
Quote: ‘Let every soldier hew him down a bough, and bear’t before him: thereby shall we shadow the numbers of our host, and make discovery err in report of us.’