Secrets of a Theater. Theatrical Superstitions and Beliefs

    Man conquered space and has mastered computers. In our materialistic age a little that connects us with a dark past, that was dominated by beliefs in ghosts and the supernatural. One of the threads of these is superstitions.

    And even if scientists have proven that they do not have anything reasonable and logical, people still believe in the power of certain events over the future. The most common superstitions are known to all, from the janitor to the scientist. And just in case all of us believe in them.

    Standard superstitions that we all know are:

  • You shouldn’t do anything on Friday the 13th.

  • You cannot transfer anything over the threshold.
  • You cannot give the clock as a present.
  • You shouldn't celebrate the fortieth anniversary.
  • You should not eat from the knife.
  • You should not pick up anything on the crossroad.
  • You cannot walk only in one shoe.

  • You cannot take out the garbage after sunset.
  • You cannot whistle indoors.

    There are also superstitions in the world of arts. The most unusual and interesting superstitions can be found in the theater, and we'll tell you about them.

    Here are two major theatrical superstitions:

  1. “Morality” (last line) of the play can never be spoken in the rehearsal.
  2. Whistling brings misfortune.


    However, actors, like the people of the arts have many other superstitions:

  • Friday is considered to be a terribly unlucky day for any kind of theatrical premieres.
  • You should always walk into the locker room starting with the left foot.
  • On the door of the dressing room should never hang any pictures.
  • You cannot take soap from the make-up room.

  • You shouldn't sing melodies from "Macbeth" during the rehearsals.
  • The number "13" brings a terrible disaster. (In none of the theaters you will not find a make-up room or dressing room with number 13).
  • On stage, in any case not allowed to wear natural flowers - only artificial!
  • To Stumble and fall on the stage (if this is not required by the script) - a sure sign that today the actor has nothing to do in the theater.
  • The cross-eyed girl in the corps de ballet brings trouble to the entire formulation. But this risk is low since even corps de ballet does not take cross-eyed girls.

  • The most ominous play, which has brought to the theater most of all misfortunes - is "Macbeth." There is a belief that the "witch-song" is capable of causing evil forces. There are hundreds of examples when the disaster happened to the theater or the actors at the time of the play. The most recent of them - is the death of Ms. Lillian Bayle’s, a kind of a genius of the "Old Vie Theatre". She died during the "Macbeth" which was played at that moment.

  • Unlucky children's plays are considered to be "Robin Hood" and "Kids in the woods"; "Cinderella", on the contrary, one of the happiest.
  • It is also believed that if the actor's shoes squeak when he first appears on stage in any role, in this role he will be fortunate. However, if he is hooked his debut suit on a nail, he must, in spite of protests of administration, return behind the scenes and then go on stage once again, otherwise, he will fail.

  • To stumble during the debut - means that the same evening, after a while, an actor will forget his role.
  • The yellow color is considered unlucky.
  • But the worst thing can happen to an actor or actress in the event that if someone takes a look in the mirror over his shoulder.

Outside of the theater an actor strongly believes in such omens:

  • If he opens the wrong door when he is going to a meeting with an entrepreneur or an administrator, he will fail in their search for the role.

Finally, about cats.

  • If during a rehearsal, the cat will pass through the scene, a performance will succeed.
  • Many of the above mentioned British theatrical superstitions are common among Russian actors which have similar beliefs.
  • For example, an actor can whistle on the scene only on the course of action, but you cannot whistle in the dressing room, or backstage, or standing at the exit or anywhere else in any case. If the actors hear the whistle of the theater, they say that the whistler "will be killed").

  • It is believed that due to the whistle, a performance can fail, or on the stage, an emergency can happen.
  • At the scene cannot be standing fresh flowers, because "it is impossible to work with them."
  • There are roles that the actors do not like to play; they are "unhappy" and "unlucky".
  • Unlike their English counterparts, Russian actors believe that the cat should not appear on the scene, because, she "blows away" a good luck from the following scene. Although cats being kept in theaters.
  • Older actors coming out on the scene were baptized.


    And of course, in every theater team or drama studio are born their superstitions and omens, which in turn become an indispensable attribute of the overall atmosphere, which is inherent in each group. At the same time, it does not matter whether it is a group of professional actors, playing on the big stage, or a small collective of amateur, arranging screenings for their friends and relatives.


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