Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo Will Lead Othello Off-Broadway

50274While big name Hollywood actors may be best known for appearances here and there on Broadway, Off-Broadway will get its share of big names next season! That is not to say Off-Broadway hasn’t featured Hollywood names before or currently. However, the announcement from New York Theatre Workshop today pushes forward the notion of Off-Broadway competing with those theatres so well-known on The Great White Way. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo will lead Othello Off-Broadway in 2016!

New York Theatre Workshop confirmed not only a production for its 2016-17 season but two very well-known actors leading that production’s return to New York. William Shakespeare’s Othello will return to the stage in Fall 2016 starring Daniel Craig as Iago with David Oyelowo in the title role. Tony Award winner Sam Gold, who most recently helmed Fun Home on Broadway, will direct. Production details and full casting will be announced at a later time.

MV5BMjEzMjk4NDU4MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDMyNjQzMg@@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Daniel Craig (Pictured Right) is an English actor who is best known for appearing as James Bond since 2005. As Bond, he has appeared in Casino RoyaleQuantum of SolaceSkyfall and his latest film Spectre will debut November 6th, 2015 worldwide following a debut in London on October 26th. As many actor’s do, Craig’s career began on stage appearing in Angels In America at the Royal National Theatre. He has appeared in many films such as Road to Perdition, Sword of Honour, Sylvia, Munich, The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo and Dream House to mention a few.

david-oyelowoDavid Oyelowo (Pictured Left) is an English actor who is best known for appearing as Martin Luther King Jr. in Golden Globe nominated Selma. When he takes New York next fall, Shakespeare will be no challenge for him. Oyelowo appeared for a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company appearing in Volpone, Oroonoko, Antony and Cleopatra in 1999. He returned in 2001 playing King Henry VI in This England: The Histories making history as the first black actor to play an English king in a major Shakespeare production. On the screen, he has been seen in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Middle Of Nowhere, Lincoln and The Butler.

A full year away and New York Theatre Workshop has already managed to get everyone excited about a single show coming to Off-Broadway! Although, this production has been in the rumor mill for quite some time. The news of Othello, headlined by these two actors, is definitely exciting for the New York theatre community! Broadway was lucky enough to recently act as a home to Craig appearing in Betrayal and A Steady Rain within the past decade. Craig’s move to Off-Broadway comes as no surprise following an interview with the New York Daily News when he expressed he would not like to return to Broadway with an “Aging audience and high ticket prices”. Both of which he believes will not change anytime soon.

Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as New York Theatre Workshop looks ahead to its 2016-17 season and two major stars headlining Shakespeare’s Othello! As mentioned above, full production details as well as full casting for the production will be announced at a later date! You can count on us to keep you in the loop on that! For more information, visit New York Theatre Workshop’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter(Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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