Asked in Macbeth
Why are you not allowed to say Macbeth in the play Macbeth?
Technically you can say Macbeth; there is nothing stopping you, except a lot of theatre people who will get angry with you. The word Macbeth is seen to be very bad luck to actors and actresses. Legend has it that an actor once said Macbeth before he took part in a play and then he dropped dead. The superstition is that if you say the word "Macbeth" in a theatre, except when you are actually performing or rehearsing the play, it's...
Asked in Grammar
Is it correct to say What a bad luck or What bad luck?
When something bad happens we say "What bad luck!" We do not say "What a bad luck!" because that is not correct in normal English usage. ...
Asked in Theater, Macbeth, Superstitions
Why don't you say Macbeth in a theater?
Apparently it's a superstition that it will bring bad luck to the theatre. Personally I think that it isn't true. I was reading Macbeth and talking about it at my rehearsal for a play and it went swimmingly. ...
Asked in Theater
Is it bad luck to say good luck in the theatre?
Although many actors believe that it is bad luck to say good luck in the theatre, it is not entirely proven that this might be real or not. However, it's said to be that Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, was known to be "cursed" and therefore, most of them seem to be in the clear... avoiding lines of the play that include scenes of him as well as the name of Macbeth itself before continuing to proceed or go on stage. With that said,...
Why is the play Macbeth known as the Scottish Play?
Firstly, Macbeth is set in Scotland. Secondly, it is a superstition, especially in the UK, that saying the word "Macbeth" whilst in a theatre is bad luck for the performers (there have been mysterious bad luck occurances during performances of Macbeth to create such superstition, ie: deaths etc). Since these bad occurences the play is considered to be cursed. To avoid risking the luck of the actors and performances, people will refer to Macbeth as "The Scottish Play." It is also called...
Asked in Astrology, History of Ireland, Elephants
Is it bad luck to say good luck in the dressing room?
The acting profession is very superstitious. True, to say 'good luck' to someone just going on stage is bad luck. Instead acting people say 'break a leg' its code for 'good luck' but the bad spirits don't know that. ...
Asked in Macbeth
Why is Shakespeares play Macbeth known as the Scottish play?
Macbeth has many names, merely because it brings the actors bad luck due to superstition. Shakespeare was believed to have written magic spells in his play, and apparently, a man died after performing the play. If the actor says Macbeth, it is supposed to bring them bad luck, so it is changed to the Scottish Play so people still know what is being talked about. ...