BETRAYAL to Sell Out Run Before Previews Begin?
Tickets for Harold Pinter's Betrayal, starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Rafe Spall, and directed by ten-time Tony Award-winner Mike Nichols, have only been available for a week, and according to the New York Post, the show has alredy reached $5 million in sales. Michael Riedel writes that the play "will likely be sold out by the time it plays its first performance Oct. 1."
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BETRAYAL will begin performances on Tuesday, October 1 at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). Opening night is Sunday, October 27. Betrayal is a strictly limited engagement, running 14 weeks only, through January 5, 2014. Tickets are available at www.telecharge.com or by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200.
BETRAYAL originally premiered at London's National Theatre in 1978 and was immediately hailed as one of Pinter's masterworks, winning the 1979 Olivier Award for Best New Play. Emma (Rachel Weisz) is married to Robert (Daniel Craig), a publisher, but she has long had an affair with Jerry (Rafe Spall), a literary agent and Robert's best friend; as, in a brilliant device, time is regained, so the full complexity of their relationships comes to light.
Daniel Craig (Robert) returns to Broadway for the first time since starring opposite Hugh Jackman in A Steady Rain in 2009. Last year, Craig returned as James Bond for the third time, in Skyfall. In 2011, Craig starred in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher. Craig's earlier film credits include Love Is The Devil, Road to Perdition, Layer Cake,Infamous, and Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated film Munich. Craig's additional theatre credits include leading roles inHurlyburly with the Peter Hall Company at the Old Vic, Angels in America at The National Theatre, and A Number at the Royal Court, opposite Michael Gambon.
Rachel Weisz (Emma) will make her Broadway debut in Betrayal. Weisz received overwhelming critical praise and a Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Constant Gardener in 2005. In 2012, she received a Golden Globe nomination for her highly acclaimed performance in Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea. Her performance also earned her Best Actress awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Toronto Film Critics Association. Weisz recently starred as Evanora in Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful, opposite James Franco and Michelle Williams. Her additional recent film credits include Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy, the indie political drama The Whistleblower, Jim Sheridan's thriller Dream House (opposite Daniel Craig), as well as David Hare's Page Eight alongside Bill Nighy and Ralph Fiennes, for the BBC. Previous film credits include Stealing Beauty; Swept from the Sea; I Want You; The Land Girls; The Mummy; The Mummy Returns; Enemy at the Gates; About a Boy; Runaway Jury; Confidence; Constantine; The Fountain; My Blueberry Nights; Fred Claus; The Brothers Bloom; Definitely, Maybe; Agora; and The Lovely Bones. Weisz won the 2010 Olivier Award for her performance as Blanche DuBois in the West End revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. She received critical acclaim for Focus Features' The Shape of Things, which also marked her first venture into producing. She had previously starred in writer/director Neil LaBute's staging of his play of the same name in both London and New York. Her performance in Sean Mathias' U.K. staging of Noël Coward's Design for Living garnered her the London Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Newcomer. She also starred in the West End production of Suddenly, Last Summer, also directed by Mathias.
Photo Credit: Brigette Lacombe