Daniel Craig is to star in a Broadway production of Macbeth as his first post-Bond career move, despite previously saying he would not perform there again because the audience was too old.
The show will be produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, veteran producers of the James Bond franchise, and opens in March.
Tickets will go on sale next week and are expected to be an instant sell-out, as the release of No Time To Die has made Craig the hottest actor of the moment.
Ruth Negga will play Lady Macbeth in the production, which will have a limited 15-week run at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre.
Craig starred on Broadway in a 2013 production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal with his wife, Rachel Weisz. He said two years later that he would not perform there again.
“I’ve done Broadway and I was happy with that, but I don’t want to do Broadway any more. The audience is all over 50, on the whole, and I think new faces and cheaper tickets are the only way forward. It’s never going to happen.”
However, it appears that Barbara Broccoli persuaded him – just as she persuaded him to return to the Bond franchise after he declared post-Spectre that he would rather slash his wrists.
Announcing the casting in Macbeth, Broccoli said: “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 Broccoli.
Daniel Craig will star alongside Ruth Negga
Gold directed Craig as Iago in Othello, and also directed Glenda Jackson when she played King Lear on Broadway.
New York’s theatre district, like the West End, is starting to open up again after being closed through the pandemic.
Gold said: “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. I can’t wait to get started.”