There Is Nothing Like a Thane!: The Lighter Side of Macbeth : A hilarious collection of unintentionally funny moments from a variety of productions of Macbeth. Interwoven with Francis's witty caricatures, There Is Nothing Like a Thane! delves into the many superstitions which have dogged Macbeth since 1603, making it possibly the unluckiest play ever written. We hear how some actors fared better than others when playing the role of the Thane. If Ralph Richardson's was the worst, Peter OToole's was certainly the funniest. Olivier was deemed the greatest, John Gielgud the most successful, and Charles Laughton the silliest. Also included are insights from Orson Welles, David Garrick, Noel Coward, Vivien Leigh, Charles Dickens, and William McGonagall - who refused to die for fear of upsetting his audience. Of course, no book on Macbeth would be complete without a word from the power-mad Lady herself, including Sybil Thorndike, who'd pray every night in the wings so as to ward away evil spirits. This is a book for all those who love the theatre, especially that of the Bard.