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The play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare is often believed to be cursed by many. The
"Curse of Macbeth" is the misfortune that happens during the production of the play. Many
theater and acting companies refuse to put on Macbeth because the play has a reputation of
being cursed.

In 1604, Shakespeare tried to please King James I by casting caution and imagination
aside. For the opening scene of act IV of Macbeth he reproduced a 17th century black magic
ritual. Without changing an ingredient, Shakespeare gave the audience an exact replica of
the spell. The people, supposedly the witches, who practiced this ritual were not happy
with having the detailed exposure of it revealed. People now say that as a punishment to
the play, the practitioners cast an everlasting spell on Macbeth( The Curse of Macbeth).

In this act I believe that the witches' portrayal is very wrong. I believe that William
Shakespeare made them seem very stereotypical and didn't put any thought into it. He gave
them the usual role of being ugly with long noses, and generally mean women who cast
spells. By having the witches "vanish like bubbles" into the air after meeting with
Macbeth in act one, scene two he gives viewers and readers the idea of a stereotypical
witch. He also does this by saying that the witches have prophecies that Macbeth has to
fulfill hinting at the idea that something might happen if he doesn't. I do not think that
this play glamorizes witchcraft inappropriately because there is nothing glamorous about
looking and acting like the stereotypical witch.

The tragedy of Macbeth is considered to be so unlucky that is hardly ever called by its
name inside the profession. People usually refer to the play as "that play," "the
unmentionable" or "the Scottish play." It is supposed to be bad luck to quote from the
play or to use any sets, costumes, or props from a production. Its reputation has been
most likely acquired from the suspicion of the weird sisters and to the many disasters
that have happened since its premier on August 7, 1906 (unknown).

Beginning in 1906, William Shakespeare himself played Lady Macbeth after Hal Berridge
became feverish and died. This play displeased King James I so much that he banned it for
five years. In 1972, the actor who was playing Macbeth substituted a real dagger for the
blunted stage dagger and killed Duncan in front of the viewers of the play. One actor
sleepwalked off the stage in 1948 while another one was almost strangled to death by an
actor in 1926. During a performance in 1849 at New York's Astor Place, a riot broke out in
which 31 people were killed because of being trampled. In 1937, Laurence Olivier played
the role of Macbeth, a 25-pound stage weight crashed within an inch of him, and his sword
that broke while on stage flew into the audience. It hit a man who later suffered a heart
attack. In 1934, a British actor named Malcolm Keen turned mute on stage, and the actor
who was supposed to replace him, Alister Sim, developed a high fever and had to be
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