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Weird theatre superstitions

The Three Witches by Johann Heinrich Füssli.

The Three Witches by Johann Heinrich Füssli. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello!  Do you like superstitions? Come into my lair and find out…

I was finding some facts about Macbeth yesterday and discovered lots of strange facts about the Macbeth curse. It’s a curse linked with Macbeth because of the three witches. This got me thinking about other theatre superstitions.

But I’ve already talked about Shakespeare in one post, so today I’m going to talk about the theatre. Even today there are tons of weird superstitions about the theatre. I’ve done some research and found these facts.

Here are just some:

  • Saying lines from Macbeth before a performance is unlucky. Also, actors say “The Scottish Play” instead of Macbeth to avoid the curse. This is because some people think that the witches’ chant in the play is real.
  • Do not wish actors good luck, as this is unlucky. Say break a leg or bad luck before a play.
  • It is bad luck to whistle on or off stage. This is because in the olden days, the stage hands would use whistles to change scenery. If an actor is whistling, the stage hands might have changed scenery. Nowadays lighting or a curtain is used.
  • No real money or jewelry should be used on stage as it might get stolen.
  • You must always have an audience to perform to. In some companies, the producer gets reviewers, family and friends to see the dress rehearsal.
  • A bad dress rehearsal is the sign of a good opening night.
  • Flowers and other gifts should be given to the actors after a performance.
  • Peacock feathers are a no-no.

So, if you are thinking of doing a performance, remember these rules… Good luck!


About Ben Williams

I am a 17 year old pop culture addict from the south of England. I write about Doctor Who, superheroes, fantasy, films and occasionally dive into the random world of British culture.

2 responses »

  1. Why would one have peacock feathers in a theatre?

    I never knew you can’t wish an actor good luck.


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