David Oyelowo (Selma) will play Shakespeare’s triumphant general and Daniel Craig (Bond, James Bond) the betraying lieutenant Iago who orchestrates his leader’s demise next fall at the off-Broadway New York Theatre Workshop, which has been home to several Broadway tryouts (Rent, Once). Tony Award winner Sam Gold (currently Fun Home on Broadway) will helm Othello, with additional casting and details to be announced at a later date.
Gold is a member of The Usual Suspects, theater artists loosely affiliated with NYTW in an effort to support risk-taking work.
“This production is an opportunity for New York Theatre Workshop to do what it aspires to do – to foster the growth and accomplishment of the artists we believe in,” said Artistic Director James C. Nicola. “When Sam Gold, a longstanding member of our NYTW Usual Suspects community, came to us with the beginning sketches of this production, with these two sublime actors, it seemed the perfect next step for us to take together. I’m eager to see what these original, creative artists come up with in response to Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy.”
In addition to their high-profile film and TV careers, Craig and Oyelowo both boast substantial stage credits in London. Craig has also appeared on Broadway, most recently in a revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal with Rafe Spall and Rachel Weisz staged by the late Mike Nichols.