"Macbeth" director Sam Gold is determined: The show must go on. And so it did, on Thursday, when a positive COVID-19 test curtailed the Broadway play's cast by one more actor, according a New York Times report.
Gold played the role of a Scottish thane and another role performed by the sidelined actor, according to the Times.
The show, which earlier this month had to cancel preview performances after its star, Daniel Craig, and other cast members tested positive for the coronavirus, welcomed back the former James Bond star last week.
On Thursday, with a sold-out show and a last-minute cancellation, Gold opted to fill in the role rather than to cancel the performance.
"Last night, with all the understudies already on stage, director Sam Gold stepped in to play the role of Lennox," posted the Broadway play's Twitter account Friday. "This performance wouldn't have been possible without our extraordinary team who did everything they could to keep the show running for a sold out audience."
The production, co-starring Ruth Negga as Lady Macbeth, is scheduled to open on April 28 — the qualification deadline for this year’s Tony Awards.
The news of the scramble came on the same day that the Broadway League announced it would keep its mask mandate for audiences until May 31 amid a nationwide increase in coronavirus cases.
“Our intention is that by maintaining strict audience masking through at least the month of May, we will continue that track record of safety for all. And of course, we urge everyone to get vaccinated,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, in a statement.
One policy change is that Broadway theaters will soon leave vaccination checks up to theater owners. The Shubert Organization, which owns 17 theaters, said it will not require proof of vaccination from patrons starting May 1.