Married stars Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz faced a setback during their Broadway performance of Betrayal on Saturday (30Nov13) as the production was plagued with technical problems. The British actors are currently portraying married couple Robert and Emma in the revival of Harold Pinter's 1978 play, which tells the story of a woman's affair with her husband's friend.
However, the performance was temporarily stalled on Saturday because of stage problems, but the actors pushed on with the show even though the set had to be manually changed between each scene.
A representative for the production tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "The show's automation failed after Scene 2, into Scene 3, necessitating manual set changes for the rest of the performance. Of the 1,100 people in the sold-out audience, there were less than 10 requests for refunds or exchanges. There was a 15-minute pause following the breakdown during which the cast made the decision to continue the performance.
"They continued on brilliantly, and each scene change received a round of applause. They finished at 10:26 pm, about 40 minutes later than usual. After an immediate standing ovation, Daniel Craig thanked the audience for their patience and the show's crew for their efforts to ensure the show would go on."
The Broadway adaptation of John Grisham's crime thriller A Time To Kill is closing less than a month after it officially opened. The author's popular book about a young white lawyer defending an African-American man accused of murder inspired a Hollywood movie starring Matthew McConaughey in 1996, and it was turned into a play for the Great White Way this year (13), featuring Tom Skerritt and Ashley Williams.
The show has been struggling with poor ticket sales since its official opening on 20 October (13), and was the lowest grossing play on Broadway last week (begs28Oct13).
The production opened to mixed reviews and failed to garner audiences that shows like Betrayal with married couple Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig and The Glass Menagerie with Zachary Quinto have found over the past few weeks.
A Time to Kill, which is the first of Grisham's legal-themed novels to be adapted for the stage, is slated to close on 17 November (13).
Married actors Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz have received glowing reviews for their performances opposite each other in a Broadway production of Betrayal. The Hollywood stars play married couple Robert and Emma in the revival of Harold Pinter's 1978 play, which tells the story of a woman's affair with her husband's pal, played by Rafe Spall.
The production officially opened on Sunday (27Oct13) to mixed reviews, which largely praised the three lead actors' efforts while expressing disappointment with the show.
Joe Dziemianowicz, of the New York Daily News, hails Craig and Weisz as "smashing and sexy" while noting the 007 star's ability to bring "a virility and vibrant expressiveness" to his character, but Elysa Gardner of USA Today writes that the production "doesn't pack as much punch as you'd hope it would" and "feels strangely subdued".
Elisabeth Vincentelli, for the New York Post, also slams the show as "emotionally distant and a tad too tasteful" but praises Weisz for bringing "a stunning, warm beauty... paired with emotional opacity" to her role.
Charles McNulty, of the Los Angeles Times, describes it as "sleek and luxurious" and a "handsome production" while also hailing Spall's performance as "the most thrilling in the cast", and Tom Teodorczuk, of Britain's The Independent, writes that Craig and Weisz turn in "knockout performances".
However, The Guardian's David Cote takes aim at director Mike Nichols, insisting he has "the tone completely wrong" and describing the show as a "glossy, empty revival".
Real-life couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz's new play has broken Broadway records before it officially opens. The seven previews of Harold Pinter's Betrayal have brought in more than $1.1 million (£733,000), breaking the Barrymore Theater's weekly box office record.
The previous record was held by Death of a Salesman in June, 2012. Ironically, director Mike Nichols and producer Scott Rudin were behind that play too.
Betrayal opens on 27 October (13) and will run until 5 January (14).
Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz have banned computers, cell phones and gadgets from their bedroom in a bid to keep their marriage healthy. The British actors wed in 2011 and now live together in New York City, where they are currently starring in a Broadway play together, and Craig has now opened up about how they keep their relationship going.
The Bond star reveals the couple has banned technology from the bedroom.
He tells the New York Times, "It's a good fight to have, as far as I'm concerned... There's nothing technological allowed in the bedroom. If the iPad goes to bed, I mean, unless you're both watching porn on the Internet, it's a killer. We have a ban on it... It's a complete anti-aphrodisiac."
Benedict Cumberbatch is to be honoured with the Britannia Award for British Actor of the Year at the upcoming BAFTA L.A. annual awards gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on 9 November (13). Previous recipients of the accolade include Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt and Rachel Weisz.
Former Lcd Soundsystem star James Murphy has been tapped to compose the music for Hollywood couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz's upcoming Broadway play. The actors, who are married in real life, are set to share the stage in Mike Nichols' revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal during a limited 14-week run at New York City's Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
According to Vulture.com, Murphy has been brought on board to contribute a score for the drama, which happens in reverse chronology and centres around a man whose wife is having an affair.
Betrayal will open on 27 October (13).
Murphy has been keeping busy since LCD Soundsystem disbanded in 2011 - he is producing Arcade Fire's next album and has also recorded with Andre 3000.
James Bond star Daniel Craig and his actress wife Rachel Weisz were among the Hollywood stars who were invited to an exclusive overnight event hosted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle this week (begs08Apr13). Helena Bonham-Carter and Tim Burton were also guests at the private dinner party thrown by the monarch and her husband Prince Philip at their royal residence in Berkshire, England.
According to Britain's Daily Mail, the Queen regaled the table with her fond memories of appearing in a 007 skit with Craig during the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.
A source tells the publication, "She was on sparkling form. There was a very warm, jolly atmosphere."
Guests were allowed to stay overnight at the castle and leave after breakfast the following morning.
The Avengers actress, who won a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's View From the Bridge, returns to the stage in a new production of Tennessee Williams' classic play Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.
She tackles the role of Maggie 'the Cat', made famous by Dame Elizabeth Taylor in the 1958 movie adaptation, and a host of famous faces turned out to see her perform at the play's opening night on Thursday (17Jan13).
James Bond star Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz were in the audience at Manhattan's Richard Rodgers Theatre, along with pop star Nick Jonas and actor Victor Garber, and Johansson managed to win over even the most notoriously tough critics with her performance.
Ben Brantley of the New York Times writes, "Ms. Johansson, like Maggie, seems to possess a confidence that can turn raw nerves into raw power... She is perhaps too forthright to be truly feline... but Ms. Johansson confirms her promise as a stage actress of imposing presence and adventurous intelligence. Quibble all you want about the particulars of her performance. She obviously has a strong sense of what she wants to do here and the convictions to follow it through."
Mark Kennedy of Associated Press adds, "Scarlett Johansson turns in a nifty turn as Maggie, finding humor and barely hidden desperation in her role as frustrated wife and mother-to-be. She's less overtly sexy than other actresses who have played the ironic role, making her Maggie more cerebral, angry and proud."
Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post compared the 28-year-old actress to "a young Kathleen Turner", writing, "Johansson didn't pick the easiest vehicle for her second Broadway appearance... While her performance often lacks nuance and starts off too shouty, the star eventually gains in confidence. Spitting out Williams' florid lines in a low-throated growl reminiscent of the young Kathleen Turner (herself a Broadway 'Cat' in 1990), Johansson successfully brings to the fore Maggie's rough edges."
Brendan Lemon of the Financial Times also compares Johansson to husky-voiced Turner, who won a Tony Award nomination for the same role in 1990. He writes, "Johansson delivers a Maggie with a whisky voice. The huskiness comes as a surprise in one so young, and cues us that her voice may be headed the way of Kathleen Turner's."
"I don't talk about my work, and nor does he. It's very private. There is nothing worse than two actors getting together and talking about acting. It's like the end - it's the worst." Rachel Weisz insists she doesn't talk about her experiences on set when she returns home to her husband Daniel Craig.