One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounthe Scottish play
A euphemistic name for William Shakespeare's play Macbeth (mentioning the play by its name while inside a theatre is considered bad luck, according to theatrical superstition)‘she's fulfilling a childhood ambition by playing Lady Macbeth in the latest big-screen adaptation of the Scottish play’
- ‘We're off to an open-air performance at Osborne House of The Scottish Play.’
- ‘He stars as Macbeth in Theatre Babel's memorable production of the Scottish play.’
- ‘But it is safe to say that The Scottish Play has never been set in a US fast-food restaurant - until now.’
- ‘Slower paced than most productions of the "Scottish play," much of the first act is spent establishing Macbeth's humanity.’
- ‘This resulted in a sparse, expressionistic film that is one of the best versions of the Scottish play in cinema history.’
- ‘Like mentioning a certain Scottish play in the theatre, or whistling on a Peterhead fishing boat, it's taboo.’
- ‘The resulting performance brings a rare urgency to the Scottish Play.’
- ‘He had no qualms about appearing in "the Scottish play".’
- ‘Simon Bell directed a highly satisfying Scottish Play.’
- ‘The Scottish play, it turns out, is even more universal in its significance than critics had thought.’
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