Why can't you say Macbeth in a Theater?

Obviously, you CAN, and SHOULD, simply to fuck with theater folk who look for any excuse for poor performance, accidents, or any other misfortune nobody cares about.You might even make them cry; a double-bonus.

It is a common superstition that the play itself is cursed, because Shakespeare used real spells from witches who, not too happy with their portrayal, cursed the play. I believe it went like this:

“Double, double toil and trouble,  fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Death to Theater Majors.”

Doing so has supposedly led to a number of accidents, deaths, hangnails, and even the Astor Place Riot in 1849.

Actors go so far as to refer to the play as “The Scottish Play”, and “The Bard’s Play”. If some unfortunate soul dare say the name, he or she must perform a ‘cleansing ritual’, which could include:

  1. Leaving the theater building, spitting, cursing and spinning around three times, before begging to be allowed back inside.
  2. Reciting a line from a another Shakespearean play (the ‘Merchant of Venice’ is a ‘lucky one’).
  3. Getting a real job.

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