Drink and drama: top 10 quotes

4. Shakespeare, Macbeth

7. macbeth PorterDrink sir, is a great provoker of three things… nose painting, sleep and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire but takes away the performance.”

While Macbeth and his wife have been carrying out murderous deeds, their servants have been making merry. As Macduff bangs on the gate to wake up the king, as yet unaware of his violent death during the night, a drunken porter eventually lets him in.

The two have a brief, friendly exchange on the contradictory effects of alcohol, with the porter providing this brief moment of levity for audience and protaganists alike before “the Scottish play” descends into horror.

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