"The Comedy of Glamis", "The Scottish Business" or simply "That Play" are
just a few of the euphemisms actors use to avoid mentioning the title of
William Shakespeare's Macbeth, one of the most ill-starred plays in
Indeed, many professionals believe that "The Unmentionable" [another of its
nicknames]-with its bloodshed, ghosts, and witchcraft--is one of the
darkest dramas ever written.
If an actor does happen to mention the name, or quotes from the
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Macbeth's castle were to burn it to the ground onstage.
On opening night the wind blew smoke and flames into the audience, which
fled in terror.
And in 1980 Peter O'Toole, playing Macbeth for the first time at the Old
Vic, was careful never to refer to the play by name. His precautions were
in vain. Beset by numerous problems and accidents during rehearsals, when
the play opened the critics called his work an artistic disaster.