morninglark wrote:I minored in theatre and in class when we did this play, we were cautioned never to say the name of the play IN The Theatre.
It's unfortunate that an educational institution would continue such nonsense. When I MAJORED in theatre (Ha!), one of my favorite things to do was sit in the dressing room, opening and closing an umbrella and saying "Macbeth" over and over.
morninglark wrote:The reason is that there has reportedly been deaths on opening night when actors have uttered the play's name in the theatre.
But seriously, it's not just opening night, it's throughout rehearsal and performances that such accidents happen (many more injuries than fatalities). My theory is that because much of the play takes place at night, the stage is perhaps darker than usual, and so it's easy to trip over something.