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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

The Scottish Tragedy (1984, Mike Crisp)

TitleThe Scottish Tragedy
Release LocationsGB
DirectorMike Crisp
Length30 mins
Play ConnectionsMacbeth (documentary)


Shows the hazards of going out on location with a film, presumably exacerbated when the film is Macbeth. Among theatre people Macbeth is often superstitiously regarded as a notoriously unlucky show. Theatre legend is full of horror stories about assorted disasters accompanying its production. Most recently the Glenda Jackson/Christopher Plummer 1988 Macbeth, though a commercial success on the Broadway stage, endured more than its share of misfortunes, according to press accounts. An absorbing murder/mystery by Marvin Kaye, Bullets for Macbeth (New York: Dutton, 1976) capitalizes on this tradition of hard luck

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorMike Crisp

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell