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 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,...
Asked in Entertainment & Arts, Theater
Why is the term break a leg used?
This expression is one of many used those involved in live theatre. Theatrical folk are traditionally superstitious. They don't want to say "good luck" because that may bring bad luck, so "break a leg" is the order of the day. Another theatre superstition is one surrounding Shakespeare's "Macbeth" which is set in Scotland. Theatre folk will not mention the name of that play within a theatre for fear it will bring bad luck, unless it is spoken as a line in Macbeth....
Asked in William Shakespeare
Which play by Shakespeare is also referred to as The Scottish play?
Don't say this out loud if you're in a theatre! "The Scottish Play" is the nickname for Shakespeare's play . . .macbeth (sshh!). It's called that because it is the only one of Shakespeare's plays which is set in Scotland, and because superstitious theatre people think it's bad luck to say the name of the Scottish Play out loud, especially in a theatre. ...
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 Macbeth
Why did they use the name Scottish play for Macbeth?
It's unlucky to say the word "Macbeth" in the theatre or among theatre people, unless you are actually rehearsing or performing the play. To avoid this supposed curse, you are supposed to say "the Scottish play" instead. ...
Asked in Macbeth
What are you meant to refer to Macbeth as inside a theatre?
The superstition says that you are not to say the word "Macbeth" when you are in a theatre, unless you are rehearsing or performing the play. What you are supposed to call it is "The Scottish Play". That is, assuming you believe in that sort of thing. ...
Asked in Superstitions
How many things are there to bring the stage bad luck?
Stage actors and theatre people are some of the most superstitious folks I know. Some of the superstitions I know of are: - It is bad luck to say the last line of a play before the first performance. - It is bad luck to call the play Macbeth by its title. - a bad dress rehearsal is a sign the play will go well. - never wish an actor "good luck" instead say, "Break a leg" - if an actor is having...
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. ...