Box Office: ‘Betrayal’ Soars; Classics in Rep Open Strong
Broadway looked like London’s West End last week, as classics in repertory played to nearly full houses.
“Richard III” and “Twelfth Night,” with all-male casts led by two-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance, grossed $590,000 in previews ahead of its Nov. 10 opening, according to the trade association the Broadway League. Attendance at the Belasco Theatre was at 95 percent of capacity.
Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land,” rotating with Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” at the Cort sold $557,000. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen headline a cast that includes Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley.
“Macbeth,” with Ethan Hawke, did a respectable $389,000 in its first full week at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre. It opens Nov. 21.
Total Broadway sales fell 3 percent from the previous week, to $22.5 million.
Mike Nichols’s revival of “Betrayal,” starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, grossed $1.3 million at the Barrymore Theatre. The limited run had a $151.70 average ticket, one of the priciest ever for a Broadway play.
“First Date” had its worst week since opening. Sales fell 20 percent to $282,000. “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” sold $802,000, little changed from the previous week and its 11th consecutive week below running costs of about $1 million.
“A Time to Kill,” based on the John Grisham bestseller, had its worst week since opening on Oct. 20, grossing $215,000.
Off-Broadway, Julie Taymor’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” inaugurated Theatre for a New Audience’s home near the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The show was greeted with almost universal thumbs-ups from critics.
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