Get unlimited digital access to baltimoresun.com. $0.99 for 4 weeks.
Entertainment

'Betrayal,' with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, is already a hit

The biggest box-office hit of the new Broadway season hasn't even officially opened yet.

"Betrayal," the latest revival of Harold Pinter's reverse-chronological tale of adultery, is in previews and set to open Oct. 27 with a cast that includes real-life couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, with rising British actor Rafe Spall as the third party. 

Ticket sales for the run's first week in previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre exceeded $1.1 million -- a more than healthy start for a non-musical production on Broadway. The revival has some heavy-hitter investors behind it, including uber-producer Scott Rudin and media mogul Barry Diller.

PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times

Mike Nichols is directing the production. He and Rudin previously teamed up on another recent box-office success -- the 2012 revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield.

"Betrayal" (no relationship to the new ABC drama series of the same name) is being helped at the box office by premium ticket pricing, which allows producers to charge more for popular seats at certain performances.

The top ticket price for the play is $423, the second-highest ticket on Broadway after "The Book of Mormon," which is another Rudin production.

"Betrayal" marks Craig's return to the New York stage following his performance in the two-hander "A Steady Rain," alongside Hugh Jackman, in 2009. The new revival is scheduled to run through Jan. 5.

ALSO:

Theater review: 'A Steady Rain' on Broadway

Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman in 'A Steady Rain': What did the critics think?

CBS to broadcast Tony Awards ceremony from Radio City Music Hall on June 8

MORE

PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage

CHEAT SHEET: Spring arts preview 2014

PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Billy Joel to perform at M&T Bank Stadium in July
    Billy Joel to perform at M&T Bank Stadium in July

    Billy Joel, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member with more than 150 million records sold worldwide, will perform at M&T Bank Stadium on July 25, according to Live Nation. The concert’s formal announcement — featuring Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Ravens president...

  • George G. 'Greg' Plitt Jr.
    George G. 'Greg' Plitt Jr.

    George G. "Greg" Plitt Jr., a Gilman School graduate, actor, stunt double, and a certified personal trainer who was considered the No. 1 male fitness model in the world, died Jan. 17 in Burbank, Calif., after being struck by a passenger train.

  • Black History Month events in the Baltimore area
    Black History Month events in the Baltimore area

    In celebration of Black History Month, museums, playhouses and other cultural institutions throughout the Baltimore area have prepared exhibits, lectures, plays, musical performances and other events touching on the African-American experience in the Free State. From the Buffalo Soldiers at...

  • The best and worst Super Bowl halftime performances
    The best and worst Super Bowl halftime performances

    Watch some football, eat some chicken wings and take a break in the middle of it all to be entertained by the likes of Bruno Mars, Beyonce or Prince.

  • Peabody Early Music Department goes "To Hell and Back"
    Peabody Early Music Department goes "To Hell and Back"

    If the cold is getting you down, how about heading "To Hell and Back"? That's the title of a pretty hot presentation by the Peabody Early Music Department, which has its final performance Wednesday night at the Theatre Project.

  • 'Jupiter Ascending' debuts to muted crowd at Sundance
    'Jupiter Ascending' debuts to muted crowd at Sundance

    The Sundance Film Festival isn't a typical launchpad for studio blockbusters, but Warner Bros. surprised theater-goers on Tuesday night by unveiling the Wachowski sibling's "Jupiter Ascending" at a "surprise screening."

Comments
Loading