‘Macbeth’ performances on Broadway pause after Daniel Craig tests positive for the coronavirus.

Daniel Craig, who’s starring within the title position of a brand new Broadway manufacturing of “Macbeth,” examined constructive for the coronavirus on Saturday, forcing the present to cancel most of subsequent week’s performances.

The present, which simply started previews on Tuesday and is scheduled to open April 28, had already canceled Friday night time’s efficiency, citing one other constructive coronavirus check amongst solid members, when on Saturday it canceled each the matinee and a night efficiency, citing Mr. Craig’s positive test. Then, late Saturday night time, the manufacturing mentioned that it was canceling all performances till April 8 “because of the detection of a restricted variety of constructive covid check outcomes throughout the firm.”

Coronavirus circumstances have just lately been rising in New York Metropolis, and several other Broadway performers have examined constructive. In most cases, exhibits have been in a position to flip to understudies to maintain going, however as a result of “Macbeth” had simply begun performances, it had not but totally rehearsed the understudies.

All Broadway actors — in reality, all staff in Broadway theaters — are required to be totally vaccinated. Broadway additionally at present requires that ticket holders be totally vaccinated and put on masks besides when consuming and ingesting; on Friday, the theater homeowners and operators mentioned that these guidelines would stay in place not less than by means of April 30, and that they’d determine by April 15 whether or not to retain, alter or drop the viewers protocols after the tip of the month.

“Macbeth,” after all, is a well known and much-loved tragedy by William Shakespeare, and this revival has been probably the most anticipated productions of the spring on Broadway. Mr. Craig, who’s contemporary off his long term enjoying James Bond on movie, had repeatedly mentioned he needed to be a part of Broadway’s efforts to rebound after the trade’s lengthy pandemic shutdown.

Mr. Craig is starring reverse Ruth Negga, as Woman Macbeth, within the manufacturing, which is directed by Sam Gold. The present doesn’t have a lot leeway — it’s already scheduled to be the final manufacturing to open this season, and its opening night time is on the ultimate day when exhibits can open to qualify for this yr’s Tony Awards.

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