Daniel Craig, who’s starring in the title role of a brand new Broadway manufacturing of “Macbeth,” examined optimistic for the coronavirus on Saturday, forcing the present to cancel most of subsequent week’s performances.
The present, which simply started previews on Tuesday and is scheduled to open April 28, had already canceled Friday night time’s efficiency, citing one other optimistic coronavirus check amongst forged members, when on Saturday it canceled each the matinee and a night efficiency, citing Mr. Craig’s positive test. Then, late Saturday night time, the manufacturing mentioned that it was canceling all performances till April 8 “as a result of detection of a restricted variety of optimistic covid check outcomes throughout the firm.”
Coronavirus instances have lately been rising in New York City, and several other Broadway performers have examined optimistic. In most cases, reveals have been in a position to flip to understudies to maintain going, however as a result of “Macbeth” had simply begun performances, it had not but absolutely rehearsed the understudies.
All Broadway actors — in actual fact, all staff in Broadway theaters — are required to be absolutely vaccinated. Broadway additionally at the moment requires that ticket holders be absolutely vaccinated and put on masks besides when consuming and ingesting; on Friday, the theater house owners and operators mentioned that these guidelines would stay in place not less than by way of April 30, and that they’d determine by April 15 whether or not to retain, alter or drop the viewers protocols after the tip of the month.
“Macbeth,” after all, is a widely known and much-loved tragedy by William Shakespeare, and this revival has been one of the crucial anticipated productions of the spring on Broadway. Mr. Craig, who’s fresh off his long run playing James Bond on film, had repeatedly mentioned he needed to be a part of Broadway’s efforts to rebound after the trade’s lengthy pandemic shutdown.
Mr. Craig is starring reverse Ruth Negga, as Girl Macbeth, within the manufacturing, which is directed by Sam Gold. The present doesn’t have a lot leeway — it’s already scheduled to be the final manufacturing to open this season, and its opening night time is on the ultimate day when reveals can open to qualify for this 12 months’s Tony Awards.