“What Bloody Man Is That?”


Actors traditionally refer to Macbeth as “the Scottish play” rather than by name. Supposedly the witches cast real spells, cursing the play with fatal accidents — beginning with the original production, when an actor was stabbed with a real dagger mistaken for a prop.

According to tradition, anyone who speaks the actual name of the play in a theater must leave, spit or turn around three times, and be invited back in.