Theatre Superstitions

  • Never put shoes on a dressing table.
  • Never whistle in the theatre.
  • Never rehearse the final line of the play.
  • Never use real flowers on the stage.
  • Never rehearse your lines just before the play begins.
  • Never wear "new" clothes on opening night.
  • Spilling a make-up box is bad luck.
  • It's bad luck to peer through the curtains at the audience.
  • Never use yellow for curtains.
  • Cats are lucky around theatre - but unlucky if they run across stage.
  • Never use peacock feathers on the stage.
  • It is unlucky to open umbrellas backstage or drop a comb.
  • Three candles on the stage or in a dressing room are unlucky.
  • Knitting is forbidden on stage or backstage.
  • If an actor's shoes squeak as he or she makes their first entrance it is good luck.
  • Shoes on a chair or a shelf are bad luck.
  • It is good luck to trip or fall accidentally during a performance.
  • Never mention the "Scottish" play unless you are rehearsing it.
  • Never remove flowers given as gifts from your dressing room until the show closes.
  • You should never "clean" the inside of a make-up box.
  • If you spill face powder, you should dance on it to bring good luck.
  • It is considered bad luck to wish an actor "Good Luck."
  • It is considered bad luck to wish an actor to "break a leg."
  • "Have a good show" has no superstitions.

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