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Broadway performances of ‘Macbeth’ are on hiatus after Daniel Craig tested positive for coronavirus.


Daniel Craig, who plays the title role in a new Broadway production of “Macbeth,” tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, forcing the show to cancel most performances next week.

The show, which just started previews on Tuesday and is scheduled to open April 28, had already canceled Friday night’s performance, citing another positive coronavirus test among cast members, when Saturday, she canceled both the matinee and an evening performance, citing Mr Craig’s positive test. Then, late Saturday night, the production said it was canceling all performances through April 8 “due to the detection of a limited number of positive covid test results within the business.”

Coronavirus cases have spiked in New York recently, and several Broadway performers have tested positive. In most cases, the shows were able to turn to stunt doubles to go on, but because “Macbeth” had just started performances, he hadn’t fully rehearsed the stunt doubles yet.

All Broadway actors – in fact, all Broadway theater workers – must be fully vaccinated. Broadway also currently requires ticket holders to be fully vaccinated and wear masks except when eating and drinking; On Friday, theater owners and operators said those rules would remain in place until at least April 30 and that they would decide by April 15 whether to keep, modify or abandon hearing protocols after the end of the month. .

“Macbeth,” of course, is a well-known and much-loved tragedy by William Shakespeare, and this revival has been one of Broadway’s most anticipated spring productions. Mr Craig, who has just finished his long career as a James Bond film, had repeatedly said he wanted to be part of Broadway’s efforts to bounce back from the industry’s long pandemic shutdown.

Mr. Craig stars alongside Ruth Negga, as Lady Macbeth, in the production directed by Sam Gold. The show doesn’t have much wiggle room – it’s already slated to be the last production to open this season, and its opening night is the last day shows can open to qualify for the Tony Awards of this year.



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