COVID-19 temporarily halts Daniel Craig’s return to Broadway


NEW YORK (AP) — Could this be the curse of the Scottish play? Daniel Craig’s return to Broadway in a new version of “Macbeth” has been temporarily halted after the actor contracted COVID-19.

Matinee and evening performances on Wednesday were canceled when the James Bond actor tested positive. In a tweet late Saturday night, the show said all performances had been canceled through Thursday “due to the detection of a limited number of positive covid test results within the business.”

Craig stars in a revival of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, with Ruth Negga making her Broadway debut as Lady Macbeth.

“Macbeth” plays at the Longacre Theatre, with an opening scheduled for April 28. Tony Award-winning Sam Gold is directing.

Daniel Craig stars in a revival of the Williams Shakespeare tragedy, with Ruth Negga making her Broadway debut as Lady Macbeth.

According to folklore, “Macbeth” was cursed from the start, when a group of witches objected to Shakespeare using real incantations and cursed the play. Other productions have been plagued by accidents.

Craig was last on Broadway in a 2013 revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” opposite his wife, Rachel Weisz, and directed by Mike Nichols. Craig also starred opposite Hugh Jackman in 2009’s “A Steady Rain.” Gold directed Craig in an off-Broadway production of “Othello” in 2016 alongside David Oyelowo.

Other high-profile shows on Broadway have had to cancel shows due to their lead actor contracting the virus, including the two leads of “The Music Man” Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.

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