Sep 262016
 

SHAKESPEARE: MACBETH A CURSED PLAY?

 

 

In his play, Macbeth, Shakespeare shocked his audiences by introducing dark evil acts. It is well to note that back then, people regarding a monarch as ruling by “Divine Right.” That is, people believed the monarch was blessed by God and sacred.

 

When Shakespeare added manipulation, deceit and murder of a king into Macbeth, audiences reacted.

Some people went as far to say that Shakespeare had been to a witches’ coven and used the evil incantations in Macbeth.

 

Cursed Actors and Actresses:

More than any other Shakespeare play, more misfortune and illnesses came to Macbeth actors. In the 1600s the person playing Lady Macbeth died on stage.

In 1849, thirty people died as a result of a riot during this play.

 

Recent Times

Laurence Olivia and Charlton Heston had close call acting in Macbeth. In 1937, Olivia nearly got crushed to death by a stage light. Heston was severely burned when kerosene was spilled on his custume and ignited.

 

The curses:

Double, double toil and trouble; 
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

 

In a theatre or watching the film, “Macbeth,” Don’t ever mention the word “Macbeth” unless you are using this name as an actor in the play.

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