'Betrayal' Concludes Smash Broadway Run

2:02 PM PST 01/06/2014 by David Rooney
Rachel Weisz in "Betrayal"

Mike Nichols' staging of the 1978 Harold Pinter play, starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall, grossed a stellar $17.5 million in just 14 weeks.

NEW YORK – Director Mike Nichols’ star-powered Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal wrapped its 14-week limited engagement at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Sunday with a stunning cumulative gross of just over $17.5 million.

The drama starred Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall as the three points of an adulterous romantic triangle examined in reverse chronological order. A major draw from its first preview performance Oct. 1, the production regularly grossed more than $1 million a week, with tickets commanding top premium prices of $423.

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Over the holidays, Betrayal set a new record for the highest-grossing non-musical in a single week in Broadway history, earning $1,442,086 for the week ending Dec. 29. While budget figures were not disclosed, the production is confirmed to have recouped its investment roughly ten weeks into the run.

The Pinter revival came in second among plays on Broadway in 2013, trailing Nora Ephron’s posthumously produced Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks, which grossed $22,992,145 during its limited run earlier in the year. However, that production played for four weeks longer in a theater with 160 more seats.

Lead producer on Betrayal was Scott Rudin, who last teamed with Nichols on the 2012 revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Andrew Garfield and Linda Emond. That hit production grossed almost $12.9 million over 16 weeks, also at the Barrymore.

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Rudin returns to the same theater in the spring with another starry revival: Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, with Denzel Washington, Diahann Carroll, Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose. Directed by Kenny Leon – who steered Washington to a Tony win in 2010 in August Wilson’s Fences – that production starts previews March 8, with opening night set for April 3.

Other shows that said goodbye to Broadway over the weekend included the revival of Annie, the return engagement of Billy Crystal's solo show 700 Sundays, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. That troubled production stands to lose an estimated $60 million despite a cumulative gross of $212.4 million during its three-year run.

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