Last fall, Daniel Craig returned to his prominent role as the super British spy James Bond in Spectre. Soon, this fall, he will grace the stage as a villain instead. Craig will team up with another British star – David Oyelowo – for an Off Broadway rendition of Shakespeare’s classic Othello masterpiece. Craig has already appeared in a few shows in the Broadway circuit himself, including a 2013 role in “Betrayal” and a 2009 role in “A Steady Rain.” It’s sure to be a hot ticket for theatre season, with Craig as Iago and Oyelowo in the titular role as Othello.
New York Theater Workshop will put the play up, which is a renowned nonprofit organization. The New York Theater Workshop is well respected in the artist community. They will perform in an intimate venue that seats less than 200 people. While the production schedule is still up in the air, a date of late 2016 has been confirmed by the theater.
Sam Gold is signed on as director. He is quite in demand in New York, and recently won the Tony Award for “Fun Home,” which was a musical he worked on. He has also contributed to Annie Baker’s collaborations that earned a Pulitzer Prize. It will be his first time directing a Shakespeare production in a professional manner. Gold reportedly chose the New York Theater Workshop due to its history of providing directors with a lot support and because of the close setting. Gold also said that he would be fundraising to bring the resources available for the production up to a more manageable level.
Apparently, the history of the genesis of this play with its current cast started with Daniel Craig reaching out to Gold after seeing some of his work. Craig reportedly wanted to work with the director on a play, and Othello seemed to fit the bill. With Oyelowo as the powerful main character (which he can pull off as he did in the film “Selma”), the production is sure to wow crowds. The only question is, will there be enough room for everyone who wants to go? It seems that the answer will depend on how many days they plan to run the show for, and at what cost they are selling for.