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« Reply #9: September 15, 2007, 07:03:51 pm »

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.

And having played Lady Macbeth, I think the reason for the "curse" is that it's one of Shakespeare's shortest plays (it's the shortest tragedy), which makes people think less rehearsal time will be required -- but in that space, there is a *lot* of fighting and dashing about with swords.  Less rehearsal + lots of swordplay = accidents!  Plus, the play is just so damned gloomy that it's easy to fall into that mindset, especially if you're Macbeth or Lady Macbeth -- the other tragedies tend to have a few bright spots, but Macbeth has only the drunken porter, and that ain't much.  (King Lear is famous for causing nervous breakdowns if you're playing the title character, but it also has some glorious, scenery-chewing, thoroughly fun villains who, unlike M and Lady M, don't angst about their evil *at all*.) 

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