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Author Topic: Has the 'curse' of the play Macbeth ever actually killed or maimed anybody?  (Read 747 times)

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Well, has it?  Is there really a potent curse associated with the play Macbeth?  Or is it just an old wives' tale?  Has the 'curse' of Macbeth ever actually killed or maimed anybody?
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Fantastic question, especially as I heard the director of a recent film version of The Scottish Play declare that he didn't bother avoiding saying the fateful name at an event last night!

THe Royal Shakespeare Company has a page devoted to this very topic - and whilst it would be difficult to say conclusively that there have been deaths caused by the curse, there have been some gruesome coincidences!

https://www.rsc.org.uk/macbeth/about-the-play/the-scottish-play

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Your Royal Shakespeare link, Duff was interesting reading but come on - it was all pretty inconclusive stuff, especially seeing as the RSC is supposed to be the ace experts in all things Shakespearian.

I'd hoped for a whole long list of real deaths, well-documented hundreds or thousands of real deaths but instead it was, to be polite, pretty much all airy fairy mumbo jumbo.

Just goes to show that actors have over-heated imaginations.
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