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'Macbeth' shows them the money

June 07, 2008|From Bloomberg News

Playing just 63 performances on Broadway, an acclaimed production of "Macbeth" starring Patrick Stewart earned its producers a cauldron full of money.

"Macbeth" made a profit of about $350,000 to $450,000 on an initial investment of $1 million, producer Emanuel Azenberg said in an interview this week. He said he would have a final tally when he received all the bills.

"I'm really pleased," Azenberg said. "Only once in a while do we see a Shakespeare that's accessible."

The production, laced with video imagery and Soviet-style military costumes, originated at the Chichester Festival Theatre in West Sussex, south of London. After opening in the United States at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the show transferred to Broadway and played to near capacity crowds at the 910-seat Lyceum Theatre. In its final two weeks, "Macbeth" sold as many as 100 "premium" seats per performance, at $251 each.

It has been nominated for six Tony Awards.

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