How Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall became Broadway's hottest ticket
Story by Jack Foley
DANIEL Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall have become one of the hottest trios in Broadway history.
The three English stars united for a limited 14-week revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, under the direction of Mike Nichols, and promptly broke several records.
The production regularly grossed more than $1 million a week, with tickets commanding top premium prices of $423, while during the Christmas holiday period (for the week ending December 29, 2013) it set a new record for the highest-grossing non-musical in a single week in Broadway history with takings of $1,442,086.
Only the Tom Hanks starring Lucky Guy fared better in 2013, although that production played for a month longer and was staged in a bigger theatre.
Betrayal played at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre and examined an adulterous romantic triangle in reverse chronological order.
Broadway’s next hottest ticket now looks set to be the return of Denzel Washington in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, which sees the heavyweight actor heading an ensemble that also includes Diahann Carroll, Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose… mouthwatering indeed!
The one big question of Betrayal, however, is whether its success States-side will prompt a similar revival in London’s West End? One can only hope…