“Double, double, toil and trouble.” The famous adage for Macbeth is right on the money. As one high-profile version of Macbeth finds its way to audiences, a cinematic rendition starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand entitled The Tragedy of Macbeth, a second one emerges. Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga will star in Macbeth on Broadway.
In news we first saw on Variety, Craig and Negga are set to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Craig has previously performed on Broadway. He starred in 2013’s Betrayal. Negga, meanwhile, will be making her Broadway debut. However, she is no stranger to the stage or Shakespeare. Negga has performed previously as Hamlet. Craig also recently acted in Othello alongside David Oyelowo.
Additionally, Broadway’s Macbeth has found its director in Sam Gold. And Bond-veteran Barbara Broccoli will produce the play, reuniting again with Craig.
She shares in a statement:
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.
It sounds like this team will deliver incredible results. The production promises:
A tale of malice, matrimony and murder, Macbeth tells the story of one couple’s obsession with power—and their guilt after doing the unthinkable. For 15 weeks only, this thrilling new production will capture the passion and ferocity of Shakespeare’s most haunting text like never before.
Macbeth has not yet announced any additional casting.
Broadway’s Macbeth begins performances on March 29, 2022. The play will run for fifteen weeks until July 10, 2022. Tickets for the general public go on sale on October 8th.
With so many renditions of the Bard, we enjoy seeing how each differentiates itself. We can’t wait for Craig and Negga’s take on this eerie text.