Daniel Craig is veering from James Bond to Shakespeare.
The 53-year-old actor, who has stated 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 within the title position 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 Steady 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 within the title position. (“Gritty brilliance,” the New York Occasions critic Ben Brantley wrote of Craig’s efficiency.)
Within the “Macbeth” manufacturing, Ruth Negga will play his spouse, Girl Macbeth. Negga, identified for the TV present “Preacher” and the movie “Loving,” final yr performed the title position in “Hamlet” (sure, a girl 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 can be Barbara Broccoli, who has an extended collaboration with Craig: She and her brother produce the Bond movies, they usually additionally co-produced “A Steady Rain” and supported the nonprofit “Othello” manufacturing.
Broccoli stated she had been speaking with Craig about Macbeth for a number of years, ever since he expressed an curiosity in enjoying the position.
“I’m thrilled that it’s coming after Bond, because, obviously, after 16 years of working with this man, the thought of it all coming to an end has been really difficult to take,” she stated. “And so it’s really heartwarming for me that we’re going to be working on something else so soon after the wrapping up of his James Bond cycle.”
Broccoli stated that she and Craig additionally thought it was necessary 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 everyone, and live theater has been damaged tremendously,” she stated. “He really wants to come back and be on the stage and encourage people to come back to Broadway — it’s important to all of us from a cultural point of view and from a social point of view.”
“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” wherein Craig appeared, and who in 2019 directed a Broadway revival of “King Lear.” The manufacturing will characteristic authentic music by Gaelynn Lea.
There have been 47 earlier Broadway productions of “Macbeth,” in keeping with 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 Street,” a musical that was scheduled to start performances on Broadway in March 2020, however by no means did due to the pandemic. She stated she nonetheless plans to deliver the present to Broadway, however was not able to say when. “We love the show,” she stated, “and we’re trying to figure out the best way to bring it back.”