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Hook Line & Sinker– Curse of the Bard

By Tony Hooker

According to folklore, a coven of witches became upset with Shakespeare for using actual incantations and placed a curse on his play, “Macbeth,” when it first opened.

To wit, the character playing Lady Macbeth in its original run in 1606 died so suddenly that Shakespeare himself had to take on the role. Later, real knives were supposedly substituted for prop knives during the murder of King Duncan scene, resulting in the actors’ death.

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