Daniel Craig’s return to Broadway in a new version of Macbeth has been temporarily halted after the actor contracted Covid-19.
Wednesday’s matinee and evening performances were cancelled when the James Bond actor tested positive.
In a tweet late on Saturday night, the show said all performances were cancelled through to Thursday “due to the detection of a limited number of positive Covid test results within the company”.
Craig stars in a revival of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, with Ruth Negga making her Broadway debut playing Lady Macbeth.
Macbeth – directed by Tony Award-winner Sam Gold – is playing the Lyceum Theatre.
According to folklore, Macbeth was cursed from the beginning, when a coven of witches objected to Shakespeare using real incantations and put a curse on 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.
The actor also starred opposite Hugh Jackman in 2009’s A Steady Rain.
Gold directed Craig in a 2016 off-Broadway production of Othello alongside David Oyelowo.
Other high-profile shows on Broadway have had to cancel shows due to lead actor’s contracting the virus, including both The Music Man leads, Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.
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