Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga Will Star in ‘Macbeth’ on Broadway

Daniel Craig is veering from James Bond to Shakespeare.

The 53-year-old actor, who has mentioned that his tenure as Bond will come to an finish with the discharge of “No Time to Die,” on Oct. 8, plans to return to Broadway subsequent spring to star in the title function of “Macbeth.”

Well-known for his movie profession, particularly because the rakish spy, Craig can also be an achieved stage actor.

He has starred in two earlier Broadway performs, the 2009 manufacturing of “A Regular Rain” and a 2013 revival of “Betrayal.” And he performed the villainous Iago in a 2016 Off Broadway manufacturing of Shakespeare’s “Othello” at New York Theater Workshop, reverse David Oyelowo in the title function. (“Gritty brilliance,” the New York Occasions critic Ben Brantley wrote of Craig’s efficiency.)

Within the “Macbeth” manufacturing, Ruth Negga will play his spouse, Woman Macbeth. Negga, identified for the TV present “Preacher” and the movie “Loving,” final 12 months performed the title function in “Hamlet” (sure, a lady performed Hamlet; Negga had additionally beforehand performed Ophelia) in an Off Broadway manufacturing at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

The lead producer for the Broadway manufacturing shall be Barbara Broccoli, who has an extended collaboration with Craig: She and her brother produce the Bond movies, and in addition they co-produced “A Regular Rain” and supported the nonprofit “Othello” manufacturing.

Broccoli mentioned she had been speaking with Craig about Macbeth for a number of years, ever since he expressed an curiosity in enjoying the function.

“I’m thrilled that it’s coming after Bond, as a result of, clearly, after 16 years of working with this man, the considered all of it coming to an finish has been actually troublesome to take,” she mentioned. “And so it’s actually heartwarming for me that we’re going to be working on one thing else so quickly after the wrapping up of his James Bond cycle.”

Broccoli mentioned that she and Craig additionally thought it was vital to stage the play this season, as Broadway seeks to recuperate after an extended shutdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s been a horrendous 18 months for everybody, and dwell theater has been broken tremendously,” she mentioned. “He actually desires to come back again and be on the stage and encourage individuals to come back again to Broadway — it’s vital to all of us from a cultural perspective and from a social perspective.”

“Macbeth” is scheduled to run for 15 weeks, starting previews March 29 and opening April 28 at Broadway’s Lyceum Theater. The manufacturing is to be directed by Sam Gold, who additionally directed the Off Broadway “Othello” in which Craig appeared, and who in 2019 directed a Broadway revival of “King Lear.” The manufacturing will function unique music by Gaelynn Lea.

There have been 47 earlier Broadway productions of “Macbeth,” based on the Web Broadway Database; the latest was in 2013, starring Ethan Hawke and Anne-Marie Duff.

Broccoli can also be the lead producer of “Sing Avenue,” a musical that was scheduled to start performances on Broadway in March 2020, however by no means did due to the pandemic. She mentioned she nonetheless plans to convey the present to Broadway, however was not able to say when. “We love the present,” she mentioned, “and we’re making an attempt to determine the easiest way to convey it again.”

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