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Re: *Mac.* Anecdotes; The Macbeths
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0322.  Saturday, 9 April 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Friday, 08 Apr 1994 09:15:08 -0500
        Subj:   Macbeth anecdotes
 
(2)     From:   Michael Cohen <
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        Date:   Friday, 8 Apr 1994 08:05:58 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Macbeth Anecdotes
 
(3)     From:   William Proctor Williams <TB0WPW1@NIU.BITNET>
        Date:   Friday, 08 Apr 94 16:33 CDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0319  Re: *Mac. Anecdotes; Marriage; The Macbeths
 
 
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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Friday, 08 Apr 1994 09:15:08 -0500
Subject:        Macbeth anecdotes
 
For Nick Clary's colleague: two sources with lots of information are *The Curse
of Macbeth and Other Theatrical Superstitions* by Richard Huggett (London:
Picton Publishing, 1981), and *The Royal Play of _Macbeth_* by Henry Paul (New
York: Macmillan, 1950).
 
Have a great time in Albuquerque all of you who are going!
 
Chris Gordon
 
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From:           Michael Cohen <
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Date:           Friday, 8 Apr 1994 08:05:58 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Macbeth Anecdotes
 
David Rodes of UCLA supplied me with a yellowing newspaper article of
1980 from the Associated Press, in which Peter O'Toole's disastrous turn
as Macbeth is related to the "curse" on Shakespeare's Macbeth. An excerpt:
 
William Shakespeare's "Macbeth," about a man whose ambition was his undoing,
has been dogged by bad luck since it first was staged in 1606. The latest
victim is Peter O'Toole's ambitious production, which one London critic branded
"Mac-Flop." . . .
 
Bad luck has plagued the play since its first performance before King James I.
 
The boy actor who played Lady Macbeth -- in days when actresses automatically
were classed as whores-- was taken ill just before the performance. Shakespeare
had to play the role himself and the youngster died during the performance.
 
Subsequent performances have been interrupted by riots, the theater burning
down and actors falling ill or dying.   In 1934 Malcolm Keen lost his voice.
Alistair Sim, his replacement, did one performance before being rushed to the
hospital with a chill. Two other actors who took over the role fell ill within
days of each other.
 
In 1937, when Sir Laurence Olivier first played Macbeth, a fragment of his
sword broke off and struck a spectator who had a heart attack. Lilian Baylis,
founding manager of the Old Vic and the person who made it into a center for
Shakespeare's plays, died just before Olivier opened in the 1937 production.
 
Michael E. Cohen
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From:           William Proctor Williams <TB0WPW1@NIU.BITNET>
Date:           Friday, 08 Apr 94 16:33 CDT
Subject: 5.0319  Re: *Mac. Anecdotes; Marriage; The Macbeths
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0319  Re: *Mac. Anecdotes; Marriage; The Macbeths
 
To Prof. Hawkes,
 
Could you give me a ref. Mrs. Mabeth's previous marriage?
 
William Proctor Williams
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