Stage and screen favorites Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga will play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the Shakespeare tragedy directed by Sam Gold. “Macbeth” will begin previews at the Lyceum Theatre on March 29, 2022, and then open on April 28.
Daniel Craig as Macbeth
This is not the first time Craig or Negga have played in a Shakespeare drama. The James Bond star had previously played Iago in “Othello” (also directed by Gold), as opposed to David Oyelowo. Not long before the lockout, Negga starred in “Hamlet” in St. Ann’s Warehouse, playing the role of a member of the Danish royal family.
The Oscar nominees and Macbeth make their Broadway debut. “With the re-emergence of drama, I am very happy to be able to participate in this historic season and to work with two such outstanding actors. And to produce one of the most challenging and epic dramas in drama literature,” Gold said.
Christine Jones is responsible for the design. Costume design is by Suttirat Larlarb, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman, original music by Gaelynn Lea, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, fighting director by David Leong, and casting by David Caparelliotis. Michael Sexton and Ayanna Thompson will serve as text consultants. Dawn-Elin Fraser will serve as a vocal coach, Kevin Bertolacci will serve as production stage manager, and 101 Productions, Ltd. will serve as general manager.
The last time The Bard’s tragedy appeared on Broadway was the revival of the Lincoln Center Theater starring Ethan Hawke in 2013. A few months ago, Alan Cumming made a solo adaptation. This new Broadway stage is produced by Barbara Broccoli, The Shubert Organization, Michael G. Wilson, and Frederick Zollo, with Patrick Daly acting as executive producer. Broccoli is the producer of the 007 film series, ensuring an ongoing working relationship with Craig. Craig’s last appearance in James Bond will appear in the upcoming “No Time to Die”.
Tickets will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on October 8. The pre-sale for American Express cardholders will start at 11 a.m. on September 29th. And the pre-sale for Audience Rewards members will start at 9:59 a.m. on October 6th. For more information, please visit MacbethBroadway.com. This is not the only star-studded version of Macbeth that viewers will soon enjoy. James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan will play the doomed couple in a production directed by Yaël Farber at the Almeida Theatre in London on October 2nd. Joel Cohen’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” starring Denzel Washington and Francis McDormand will be released before Christmas. It will debut on Apple TV+ on January 14, 2022.
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