Daniel Craig & David Oyelowo to star in NYTW's Othello

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

New York Theatre Workshop has officially announced that "007" star and Emmy & BAFTA nominee Daniel Craig and "Selma" star and Golden Globe, Emmy & BAFTA nominee David Oyelowo have been cast in a new production of William Shakespeare's tragedy Othello and will be directed by Tony winner Sam Gold.

Craig and Oyelowo are set to take on the roles of Iago and Othello, respectively, and make their NYTW debuts during Fall 2016.

Artistic Director James C. Nicola released the following statement:

"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. 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."
Daniel Craig last appeared on the New York stage in the 2013-14 Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's 'Betrayal.' He made his Broadway debut in the 2009 production of 'A Steady Rain.' He is best known for his current role as James Bond and has starred in the following 007 movies: "Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace," "Skyfall," and "Spectre." His other notable screen credits include "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," "Cowboys & Aliens," "The Golden Compass," and "Road to Perdition."

David Oyelowo previously appeared in the 2007 off-Broadway production of 'Prometheus Bound.' He is perhaps best known for his Golden Globe-nominated performance as Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma." His other notable screen credits include "Interstellar," "Jack Reacher," "A Most Violent Year," "Nightingale," "The Butler," "Lincoln," "The Help," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and "Small Island."

- by Tom Millward

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