Montgomery Struthers, Shakespearean actor, toyed idly with a knot. Below him on stage the young upstart who’d taken the best role pranced about hamming through Macbeth in a most terrible manner.
‘I can’t believe that boy got the job, look at him, useless!’ Cursed Struthers.
The boy drew breath for his next line.
‘If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly: if the assassination…’
The lighting rig fell. The boy was crushed. Dead.
A deadly hush fell over the audience, high up in the rafters came a screaming voice.
‘I do the Scottish Play!’.
Thanks go to dear old Mr Shakespeare for the inspiration and of course the line in the middle. Also to Blackadder for the dark and dastardly deed idea. Pah! Actors.