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« Reply #10: September 15, 2007, 08:44:54 pm »

I can't remember where I heard it, but a while back I heard the curse of Macbeth has nothing to do with bad luck.  It's the play you run when your theatre is in bad times and need to put bums on seats.  I find the idea of Shakespeare including an authentic spell in his play to be a little bizaare. Smiley

There's also the fact that Shakespeare may not even have written those particular sections of Macbeth -- they may have been taken from an earlier witch-play and inserted to pad things out.

My understanding was also along those lines, that Shakespeare may not have written the play at all, just modified it. There is a theory that it was once much longer and was shortened for quicker performances. Evidence for this may be in the fact that some information in the play is a bit missing, for example, Lady Macbeth mentions having a child but no one ever knows what became of it. Others however, think that the missing information was intentional, mirrored in Macbeth accusing the witches of being "imperfect speakers" (or incomplete speakers). So, who really knows?

It is also thought that the play reflected Kings James' feelings concerning the dangers of witchcraft. He aggressively prosecuted those who practiced the craft.

Perhaps part of the mystic and lure of the play are its own mysteries.

Glad you had the opportunity to Play Lady M! A great role!
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