Patrick Stewart Macbeth Recouped During Limited Run

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and Adam Hetrick
05 Jun 2008

Kate Fleetwood and Patrick Stewart in <I>Macbeth.</I>
Kate Fleetwood and Patrick Stewart in Macbeth.
Photo by Manuel Harlan

Despite the superstitions that swirl around any production of "The Scottish Play," the recent production of Macbeth starring 2008 Tony nominee Patrick Stewart recouped its entire investment during its limited engagement.

Variety reports that the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Macbeth, which played West End and Brooklyn Academy of Music runs before arriving on Broadway, recouped its entire $1 million investment.

Macbeth began previews on Broadway March 29 and officially opened April 8. Directed by Rupert Goold, the Shakespeare classic recouped its investment with only 63 performances on Broadway, closing May 24.

Producer Emanuel Azenberg told the industry paper that the production at the Lyceum Theatre cost approximately $800,000 and grossed $4.1 million during its seven-week run on Broadway. He estimated the profits were $400,000.

For its West End run, Macbeth earned Olivier Awards for director Goold and Best Lighting Design for Howard Harrison. The Broadway incarnation garnered six Tony nominations, including Best Revival as well as Best Leading Actor and Actress in a Play nominations for, respectively, Stewart and Kate Fleetwood as the murderous couple.



Other shows that recouped during the 2007-2008 season, according to Variety, are August: Osage County, A Bronx Tale, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Cyrano de Bergerac.