Daniel Craig trades 007 status

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Daniel Craig trades 007 status for Broadway’s ‘Macbeth’

Daniel Craig has a new gig! The James Bond actor will return to Broadway next year in a starring role in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.

Daniel Craig trades 007 status

Image: Greg Williams

After 15 years as James Bond, Daniel Craig will return to Broadway in New York next year in the starring role of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, with Ruth Negga taking on Lady Macbeth in an all-new, 15-week production to be directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold.

Craig last starred on Broadway in a 2013 production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal opposite  Rafe Spall and Rachel Weisz. Craig made his Broadway debut opposite Hugh Jackman in a 2009 production of playwright Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain. 

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Deadline reports that Macbeth will begin performances on Tuesday, 29 March 2022 at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, with an official opening on Thursday, 28 April 2022.

Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

“Daniel is not only a great film actor but a magnificent theatre actor as well,” said Macbeth producer Barbara Broccoli, who also produces the James Bond film franchise that featured Craig in the title role. “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.”

Gold, who was Tony-nominated in 2017 for A Doll’s House, Part 2 and won the award in 2015 for Fun Home, said in a statement, “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.”

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The announcement has been dubbed “significant” as it marks one of Broadway’s first since the Covid pandemic shut down the industry in March 2020. Craig, whose fifth outing as James Bond, No Time To Die, had its world premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall, is also set to return for a sequel to the 2019 hit Knives Out.

The Broadway project also reteams Craig with Gold, who directed the actor in a 2016 Off-Broadway production of Othello.

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Craig’s London stage credits include Hurlyburly with the Peter Hall Company at The Old Vic, Angels in America at The National Theatre and A Number at the Royal Court with Michael Gambon.

Meanwhile, Negga, Oscar-nominated for her starring role in 2016’s Loving, made her New York stage debut last year in the title role of Hamlet at St. Ann’s Warehouse Off-Broadway. Her many UK stage credits include productions at The Abbey Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, The Old Vic, and The National Theatre, among others.