Macbeth comes to Broadway

Last Updated: Apr 09, 2008, 12:53 PM IST

New York, April 09: Patrick Stewart returns to Broadway with the Shakespearean tragedy that no actor dares call by its name for fear of triggering a string of bad luck.

This time, at the Lyceum, Kate Fleetwood plays the title character's wife, Lady Macbeth. (Hey, no one says her name shouldn't be uttered.) The most recent Main Stem production of this play was a version with Kelsey Grammer and Diane Venora in 2000 that lasted for 13 performances. (Obviously somebody in that company did blab the "M" word.)

Others in the past who have tempted the fates with Broadway revivals of the play include Maurice Evans and Judith Anderson (1941), Michael Redgrave and Flora Robson (1948), Philip Anglim and Maureen Anderman (1981) and Christopher Plummer and Glenda Jackson (1988).

Two shows begin previewing Saturday: "Thurgood," the one-man show about former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall at the Booth. It stars Laurence Fishburne and is written by George Stevens Jr. It premiered in May at the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut with James Earl Jones in the title role.

Also previewing Saturday will be Laura Linney in the Roundabout's revival of Christopher Hampton's "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" at the American Airlines Theatre. It is directed by Rufus Norris and also stars Ben Daniels, Sian Phillips and Mamie Gummer. It most recently appeared on Broadway in 1987 in a stunning production that starred Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan.

Bidding adieu this week: Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming" -- with Ian McShane, Eve Best, Michael McKean and Raul Esparza and directed by Daniel Sullivan -- which folds Sunday at the Cort after 137 performances and 15 previews.

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