The offbeat new musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, starring Jefferson Mays and based on the classic British film comedy "Kind Hearts and Coronets," began previews this week at the Walter Kerr. Box-office collections stood at 43% of the potential, and houses were 82% full.
Also beginning previews was the new Lincoln Center Theater revival of Macbeth, directed by Jack O'Brien and starring Ethan Hawke. Over three previews, the nonprofit production played to 86% capacity and won 53% of its possible box-office take.
Over two previews only at the Cort Theatre, the double bill of Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Pinter's No Man's Land, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, had a good initial showing. Houses were packed to the point of 93%, and box office didn't lag far behind, landing at 85% potential. Average ticket prices were a more-than-respectable $102.
Mark Rylance's Shakespeare double bill of Twelfth Night and Richard III, which got off to a strong start at the Belasco Theatre last week, did slightly better this week, with performances running to 97% capacity crowds. After Midnight, the new musical still in previews at the Brooks Atkinson, also continued to perform well, filling 93% of its seats.
Shows that played to full capacity this week included The Glass Menagerie, The Book of Mormon, Betrayal and Kinky Boots.