The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2267 Tuesday, 12 November 2002
Date: Monday, 11 Nov 2002 22:43:08 -0000
Subject: Re: The Scottish Play
From recently spending a week on work experience at
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne's Theatre Royal, I was told that the only reason
Macbeth was considered unlucky within the theatre world was as follows.
Macbeth was guaranteed to bring in some funds for the theatre, and would
fill houses for several nights. If a theatre needed money, and could
well go bust, Macbeth would often be put on to boost their cash.
Therefore, every time Macbeth was put on, all the rep actors were unsure
of their jobs, and the atmosphere within the theatre would be tense, as
everyone thought that the theatre was going to end up bust. Not sure on
it's reliability, but interesting all the same.
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