DANIEL CRAIG & RUTH NEGGA
TO STAR IN UPCOMING BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF
DIRECTED BY TONY AWARD WINNER
(New York, NY) DANIEL CRAIG will return to Broadway as Macbeth and RUTH NEGGA will make her Broadway debut as Lady Macbeth in an all-new production of MACBETH on Broadway.
MACBETH is directed by Tony Award winner SAM GOLD (A Doll’s House, Part 2; Fun Home) and begins performances on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 and officially opens on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street). Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
"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 producer Barbara Broccoli.
“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,” said director Sam Gold. “I can’t wait to get started!”
MACBETH will feature scenic design by Christine Jones, costume design by Suttirat Larlarb, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman, original music by Gaelynn Lea, special effects design by Jeremy Chernick, fight direction by David Leong, casting by David Caparelliotis; Michael Sexton & Ayanna Thompson will serve as text consultants and Dawn-Elin Fraser will serve as vocal coach. Kevin Bertolacci will serve as production stage manager and 101 Productions, Ltd. will be the general manager.
MACBETH is produced on Broadway by Barbara Broccoli, The Shubert Organization, Michael G. Wilson, and Frederick Zollo. Patrick Daly serves as Executive Producer.
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.
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DANIEL CRAIG (Macbeth) is hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation on stage, screen, and television. Craig was most recently seen on screen in Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, for which his standout performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He will reprise his role in the upcoming sequel. Other notable film credits include Munich, Layer Cake, Road To Perdition, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo amongst others, and he returns to the role of ‘James Bond’ for the fifth and final time this fall in No Time To Die, after previously starring as ‘Bond’ in Spectre, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale and the critically acclaimed box office smash Skyfall.
Craig is also an accomplished stage actor and in 2013 starred in the critically acclaimed Broadway show Betrayal opposite Rafe Spall and Rachel Weisz directed by Mike Nichols. Craig’s most recent theatre venture was the 2016 off-Broadway production of Othello alongside David Oyelowo and directed by Sam Gold. In 2009 Daniel starred in a twelve-week Broadway run of A Steady Rain. Craig played opposite Hugh Jackman in this contemporary American play. Craig’s other theatre credits include leading roles in Hurlyburly with the Peter Hall Company at the Old Vic, Angels in America at The National Theatre and A Number at the Royal Court alongside Michael Gambon.
RUTH NEGGA (Lady Macbeth) is a versatile actress with a body of work spanning award-winning theatre, big screen historical dramas, independent films and innovative television series. This fall, Ruth will star in Rebecca Hall’s Passing, opposite Tessa Thompson on Netflix. Ruth will next lens the titular role of the drama series Josephine, which follows the remarkable story of Josephine Baker, one of the most legendary Jazz performers and civil rights activists of the twentieth century. Ruth will also executive produce the project. Ruth’s most notable film roles include ‘Mildred Loving’ in Jeff Nichols’ Loving, for which she received Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Critics Choice Award® nominations, Ad Astra, Warcraft, Una Vida, All Is By My Side, Noble, World War Z, The Samaritan and Breakfast on Pluto. Her television credits include ‘Tulip O’Hare’ in AMC’s “Preacher,” “Mother,” “The Money,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Misfits,” “Love/Hate,” the BBC mini-series “Five Daughters,” and “Shirley.”
Outside of her roles on screen, Ruth still maintains a strong connection to theatre. In 2020, she made her New York City theatrical debut in the titular role of Hamlet at St. Ann’s Warehouse for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination. This performance followed an acclaimed run at The Gate Theatre in Dublin. Ruth’s extensive and award-winning theatre production credits include Lolita as her stage debut for Corn Exchange Theatre Company at the Abbey Theatre; Duck for Out of Joint and The Royal Court Theatre, for which she was nominated for an Olivier best newcomer; Playboy of the Western World at The Old Vic; Hamlet as the role of ‘Ophelia’ at the National Theatre; Phèdre at the National Theatre, for which she won the Ian Charleson Award; Oedipus Loves You at Peter Pan Theatre; Lay Me Down Softly, The Crucible, The Bacchae, Burial At Thebes, all at the Abbey Theatre; and Titus Andronicus at The Project Theatre, for which she received the Irish Times Award for Best Actress. Ruth was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and was raised between there, Limerick, Ireland, and London, England.
SAM GOLD (Director) is a Tony Award-winning director based in Brooklyn, NY. His Broadway credits include: King Lear; A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Tony Award nomination); The Glass Menagerie; Fun Home (Tony Award); The Real Thing; The Realistic Joneses; Picnic and Seminar. Recent productions include: The Secret Life of Bees (The Atlantic), Hamlet (The Public Theater); Othello (New York Theatre Workshop); The Flick (Barrow Street Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, National Theatre; Lortel Award nomination); John (Signature Theatre; Obie Award, Lortel and Drama Desk Award nominations); The Village Bike (MCC); Uncle Vanya (Soho Repertory Theatre; Drama Desk nomination); The Cradle Will Rock (Encores! Off-Center); Kin (Playwrights Horizons); The Big Meal (Playwrights Horizons; Lortel); Look Back in Anger (Roundabout Theatre Company; Lortel nomination); Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons; Obie, Drama Desk nomination) and The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre; Obie Award). Training: The Juilliard School.
CHRISTINE JONES (Scenic Design) is a multidisciplinary artist working in theatre, opera, fashion, public art, and the digital realm. She is the Creator and Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed THEATRE FOR ONE. She is a director of one-of-a-kind experiences for companies like Rag & Bone and productions such as Queen of the Night, (Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Experience). She is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning Set Designer for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Pts I & II and also won a Tony for American Idiot. Other credits include The Cher Show, Spring Awakening (Tony Nomination), and Let the Right One In (St. Ann’s Warehouse and West End). Opera designs include La Traviata and Rigoletto (MET). Currently, she is developing a digital art exhibition with Radiohead, as well as co-designing with Brett Banakis a musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada with music by Elton John. During the pandemic she conceived and directed SOCIAL! Distance Dance Club, with Steven Hoggett and David Byrne which became the first post pandemic production at The Armory. She has an Obie for Sustained Excellence in Design and teaches at NYU’s TISCH, as well as at Princeton.
SUTTIRAT LARLARB (Costume Design) Broadway: Straight White Men, Of Mice and Men, Waitress; Off-Broadway/ Regional: Hold on to Me Darling, Dying For It (The Atlantic), The Scottish Play (Hartford Stage), The Killer (TFANA), Macbeth (LA Opera), Frankenstein (Royal National Theatre), London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Screen: No Time To Die, ObiWan Kenobi, American Gods, Steve Jobs, 127 Hours., Cinema Verite, The Extra Man, and Slumdog Millionaire.
JANE COX (Lighting Design) Lighting designer for theatre, dance and opera. Broadway credits include True West, King Lear, Jitney, Machinal, Amelie, The Color Purple. Other recent NYC theatre includes The Secret Life of Bees, Assassins and Fefu. Jane has also designed for the Barbican Theater, Sydney Opera House and San Francisco Opera and is a member of the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company. Jane is a Professor of the Practice and Director of the Theater Program at Princeton University.
MIKAAL SULAIMAN (Sound Design) attended the University of the Arts and studied the Jacque Lecoq approach at LISPA. Mikaal is currently writing a new headphone play titled Project Black Plague. Residencies: Space on Ryder Farm, UCross Foundation, VoxFest at Dartmouth College. Sound design: Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future (Ars Nova; Lucille Lortel winner), Fairview (Soho Rep; Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama), Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova; Obie winner). Nominations: Bay Area Theatre Critics, Audelco, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk Award for sound design.
GAELYNN LEA (Original Music) won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016. Since then she has played over 600 shows in 45 states and 9 countries, captivating audiences with her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. Gaelynn Lea has performed in both SXSW and the Winnipeg Folk Festival and she’s opened for bands LOW, Wilco and The Decemberists.
JEREMY CHERNICK (Special Effects Design) has worked with Disney Theatrical Group creating effects for Frozen, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Tarzan. Jeremy has worked on over 50 Broadway productions, including West Side Story, Beetlejuice, Hadestown and Oklahoma. In London’s West End, Jeremy designed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Let the Right One In. Jeremy’s work has been featured in prominent performing and visual arts institutions across the globe. In 2018, Jeremy was an Emmy Award honoree for his work on NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live.” Jeremy serves as Head designer for J&M Special Effects in Brooklyn www.jmfx.net.
DAVID LEONG (Fight Direction) has worked on over 300 plays and musicals for Broadway, the New York Metropolitan Opera, London’s West End, the National Theatre of London and regional theatres across the United States. Recent NYC credits include Porgy and Bess, Fool for Love and Amazing Grace the Musical.
MICHAEL SEXTON (Text Consultant) is a director, dramaturg, teacher and Director of the Public Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater. Dramaturg: King Lear (Cort Theater), Hamlet (Public), Othello (NYTW). Director: Coriolanus (Red Bull), The Winter’s Tale (Pearl), As You Like It, Henry V (Two River), Titus Andronicus (Public), and new plays by Rinne Groff, Will Eno, Marsha Norman, Caryl Churchill, Ain Gordon, Rogelio Martinez, Kelly Masterson, and Phil Porter. Teacher: NYU, Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers, UNC, Julliard, and Taconic Correctional.
AYANNA THOMPSON (Text Consultant) is a Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University. She is the author of numerous books about Shakespeare, race, and performance. In 2020, she became a Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at The Public Theater in New York, and in 2021, Thompson was appointed to the board of trustees of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
DAWN-ELIN FRASER (Vocal Coach) Broadway: Finding Neverland; Waitress; Once On this Island. Off-Broadway: Nat Turner in Jerusalem; SOJOURNERS; Her Portmanteau (NYTW); Barbeque (The Public); Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature); Invisible Thread (Second Stage). National Tour: The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess; Finding Neverland; Waitress. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Site Specific: Ragtime on Ellis Island. Voice faculty Yale School of Drama. Head of Voice and Speech for New Studio on Broadway/NYU.
KEVIN BERTOLACCI (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: West Side Story; King Lear; Fun Home; The Nap; Rocky; Scandalous; A Free Man of Color; Curtains; Caroline, or Change; The Woman in White; Come Fly Away; Julius Caesar; Tartuffe. Off-Broadway; The Public Theater, Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, MCC, Playwrights Horizons and Atlantic Theater Company.
BARBARA BROCCOLI (Producer) is producer of the James Bond film series with her brother Michael G. Wilson. Together with Wilson, Broccoli produced the hugely successful GoldenEye, followed by the next eight Bond films including Skyfall, Spectre and No Time To Die. Through her independent production company, Astoria Productions, Broccoli produced Crime Of The Century for HBO. Together, Broccoli and Wilson have produced and executive produced several independent film projects including: The Rhythm Section, The Silent Storm, Radiator and Nancy. Broccoli also executive produced Trauma Is A Time Machine and produced the critically acclaimed Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool with Wilson executive producing. Recently Broccoli executive produced the upcoming BBC Film and BFI backed Ear for Eye, directed by debbie tucker green. Broccoli is currently in production on Till starring Whoopi Goldberg and directed by Chinonye Chukwu.
Broccoli’s love of theatre has driven her to much success as a producer for a number of stage productions including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2002 West End, 2005 Broadway), A Steady Rain (2009 Broadway), Chariots Of Fire (2012 West End), the Tony Award-winning Once (2012 Broadway, 2013 West End), Strangers On A Train (2013 West End), Love Letters (2014 Broadway), Othello (New York Theatre Workshop December 2016 – January 2017), The Kid Stays In The Picture (2017 London), The Country Girls (Summer 2017 Chichester Festival Theatre), and recently The Band’s Visit (Broadway 2017) winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Cyprus Avenue (2018 The Public Theater, NYC), Ear for Eye (2018 Royal Court Theatre, London), Fleabag (2019 Soho Playhouse NYC) and Sing Street (2019 New York Theatre Workshop).
THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION (Producer) is America’s oldest professional theatre company and the largest theatre owner on Broadway. For over 120 years, the company has been at the forefront of the American theatre. Under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Robert E. Wankel, Shubert owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres, six Off-Broadway venues and the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia. The company has produced and co-produced hundreds of plays and musicals including Cats, Sunday in the Park with George, Dreamgirls, The Heidi Chronicles, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Amadeus, Children of a Lesser God, The Grapes of Wrath, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spamalot, The Elephant Man, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and School of Rock. Broadway shows from the current season include Come From Away, Company, Dear Evan Hansen, Diana the Musical, The Lehman Trilogy, Is This A Room, Dana H and Thoughts of a Colored Man. Alongside Neil Meron, Shubert is a lead producer of the new musical Some Like It Hot.
MICHAEL G. WILSON (Producer) is producer of the James Bond film series together with his sister Barbara Broccoli. Wilson and his sister produced the hugely successful GoldenEye, followed by the next eight Bond films including Skyfall, Spectre and No Time To Die. Together, Wilson and Broccoli have produced and executive produced several independent film projects including: The Rhythm Section, The Silent Storm, Radiator and Nancy. Wilson executive produced the critically acclaimed Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, with Broccoli and Colin Vaines producing. Wilson has produced a number of successful stage productions including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2002 West End, 2005 Broadway), A Steady Rain (2009 Broadway), Chariots Of Fire (2012 West End), the Tony Award-winning Once (2012 Broadway, 2013 West End), Strangers On A Train (2013 West End), Love Letters (2014 Broadway), Othello (New York Theatre Workshop December 2016), The Kid Stays In The Picture (2017 London) and Sing Street (2019 New York Theatre Workshop).
Wilson is a leading expert on 19th -century photography. He and his wife Jane Wilson, founded The Wilson Centre for Photography – a facility for research on the history, aesthetics and preservation of photographs. Wilson is Honorary Vice President of the Science Museum Foundation, a Fellow of the Science Museum London and a Trustee for the Carnegie Institution for Science, Harvey Mudd College and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Wilson and Broccoli are Directors of the Dana and Albert R Broccoli Foundation. Wilson and Broccoli are founders of the London Screen Academy (LSA) for which Wilson also serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Day One Trust. During the production of No Time To Die, Wilson and Broccoli created a dedicated apprenticeship scheme which gave twenty one young people from a range of backgrounds the opportunity to work as paid trainees on the film.
FREDERICK ZOLLO (Producer) has produced over one hundred plays in New York, London and on tour. He’s a 21-time Tony nominee, winning the award seven times for such productions as Hurlyburly, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Angels in America, Once, The Band’s Visit, Les Liasons Dangereuse, Glengarry Glen Ross, On Golden Pond, The Farnsworth Invention, Oleana, A Steady Rain, The Goat, King Hedley III, among many others. He has produced two dozen films including Oscar nominees Mississippi Burning, The Paper, Quiz Show, Ghosts of Mississippi, among others. Currently, he and Barbara Broccoli are producing Till, about the 1955 heinous murder of Emmett Till, which sparked the Civil Rights Movement.