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Broadway Update: Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga to Star in Macbeth

By: David Sheward

October 1, 2021: Broadway is definitely back with Sunday night’s long-delayed Tonys followed by announcements of new productions. Then Slave Play and Skin of Our Teeth released dates for openings. Now, we heard Daniel Craig will bounce back on stage after his fifth and final performance as James Bond in No Time to Die. The action and dramatic star will headline a revival of Macbeth opposite Ruth Negga, who played Hamlet at St. Ann’s Warehouse. This new production of the Scottish Play will begin previews at the Lyceum Theater on March 29, 2022 in advance of an April 28 opening.

Daniel Craig, Ruth Negga

By: David Sheward

October 1, 2021: Broadway is definitely back with Sunday night’s long-delayed Tonys followed by announcements of new productions. Then Slave Play and Skin of Our Teeth released dates for openings. Now, we heard Daniel Craig will bounce back on stage after his fifth and final performance as James Bond in No Time to Die. The action and dramatic star will headline a revival of Macbeth opposite Ruth Negga, who played Hamlet at St. Ann’s Warehouse. This new production of the Scottish Play will begin previews at the Lyceum Theater on March 29, 2022 in advance of an April 28 opening. Tony winner Sam Gold (A Doll’s House, Part 2, Fun Home) directs. Craig has previously appeared on Broadway in A Steady Rain and Mike Nichols’ production of Betrayal. Off-Broadway, he played Iago to David Oyelowo’s Othello.

“Daniel is not only a great film actor but a magnificent theatre actor as well. I am thrilled that he will be supporting the return of Broadway playing this iconic role with the exquisitely talented Ruth Negga making her Broadway debut and under the expert direction of Sam Gold,” said producer Barbara Broccoli.

“I am beyond thrilled to be participating in this historic season as theatre re-emerges, and to be working with two such masterful actors on one of dramatic literature’s most challenging and epic dramas,” said director Sam Gold. “I can’t wait to get started!”  

This is the 48th Macbeth to play Broadway. Recent productions have starred Ethan Hawke, Alan Cumming, Patrick Stewart, Kelsey Grammer, Christopher Plummer, and Philip Anglim (1982). Off-Broadway Macbeths have included Corey Stoller, Kenneth Branagh, Liev Schreiber, John Douglas Thompson, Alec Baldwin, and Raul Julia. 

In addition, Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Frances MacDormand will play the bloody couple in a new film adaptation directed by Joel Coen, which just played the New York Film Festival.

In other news, the opening of Lackawanna Blues has been postponed to Oct. 7 due to an injury sustained by its sole actor and playwright Reuben Santiago-Hudson.

Calendar of 2021-22 Broadway/Off-Broadway Shows

Oct. 1–Diana premieres on Netflix

Oct. 3–Six (Brooks Atkinson)

Oct. 4–Letters of Suresh (Second Stage/Kiser)

Oct. 5–To Kill a Mockingbird (Shubert)

Oct. 7–Freestyle Love Supreme (Booth); Lackawanna Blues (MTC/Samuel J. Friedman)

Oct. 8–Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Lunt-Fontanne)

Oct. 9–Gazillion Bubbles Show (New World Stages)

Oct. 10–Chicken and Biscuits (Circle In the Square)

Oct. 11–Is This A Room (Lyceum)

Oct. 13–Girl from the North Country (Belasco)

Oct. 14–The Lehman Trilogy (Nederlander)

Oct. 14–Fairycakes (previews begin; Greenwich House Theater)

Oct. 16–Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial)

Oct. 17–Dana H. (Lyceum)

Oct. 21–Jagged Little Pill (Broadhurst); The Woman in Black (McKittrick Hotel)

Oct. 22–Phantom of the Opera (Majestic)

Oct. 27–Caroline or Change (Roundabout/Studio 54)

Oct. 31–Thoughts of a Colored Man (Golden)

Nov. 3–Morning Sun (MTC/City Center)

Nov. 4–The Visitor (Public); Morning’s at Seven (Theater at St. Clement’s)

Nov. 5–The Book of Mormon (Eugene O’Neill)

Nov. 12–Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Lyric)

Nov. 14–Assassins (CSC)

Nov. 15–Jersey Boys (New World Stages)

Nov. 17–Diana (Longacre); Cullud Wattah (Public)

Nov. 18–Trouble in Mind (Roundabout/AA)

Nov. 22–Clyde’s (Second Stage/Hayes)

Dec. 2–Slave Play (August Wilson)

Dec. 5–Mrs. Doubtfire (Stephen Sondheim)

Dec. 8–Kimberly Akimbo (Atlantic Theater Company)

Dec. 9–Company (Bernard B. Jacobs)

Dec. 11–Dear Evan Hansen (Music Box)

Dec. 13–Flying Over Sunset (LCT/Vivian Beaumont)

Jan. 12, 2022–Skeleton Crew (MTC/Samuel J. Friedman)

Jan. 27–Intimate Apparel (LCT/Mitzi Newhouse)

Feb. 1–MJ: The Michael Jackson Musical (Neil Simon)

Feb. 10–The Music Man (Winter Garden)

Feb. 14–Sleep No More (McKittrick Hotel)

March 20–Paradise Square (Barrymore)

March 28–Plaza Suite (Hudson)

April 4–Take Me Out (Second Stage/Hayes)

April 7–The Minutes (Studio 54)

April 8–Beetlejuice (Marriott Marquis)

April 10–Birthday Candles (Roundabout/AA)

Daniel Craig, Ruth Negga

Originally Posted on The David Desk 2 on September 29, 2021
Photos: Greg Williams