Daniel Craig is set to join David Oyelowo in an off-Broadway production of Shakespeare tragedy Othello in New York next fall. The play will be staged at the prestigious New York Theatre Workshop and will be their first Shakespeare production since 1990.

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig will join David Oyelowo in Othello.

Oyelowo will play the title character, while Craig will take the role of the scheming, envious Lago. The production will be directed by Sam Gold, who won the Tony award for best director earlier this year for his work on the musical Fun Home.

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Performances will take place in the small, 199 seat, nonprofit theatre and is scheduled to run in fall 2016, with exact dates still to be determined. Later this season the theatre will also be presenting the world premiere of Lazarus, the new musical from David Bowie and Enda Walsh, starring Michael C. Hall and Cristin Milioti.

Speaking about the upcoming production, the New York Theatre Workshop’s artistic director James C Nicola said, “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.”

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Speaking to the New York Times, director Gold revealed that he had always wanted to direct a Shakespeare play, and picked Othello because of its focused and clear plot. ‘“Honestly, I wanted to start with a really simple, straight-shot Shakespeare and Othello is a single-plot show, very focused and clear,” Gold said.

"Othello, for me, is the Shakespeare that when I watch, I feel the most involved. I care the most about the people, and have the simplest connection on a gut level, so I wanted to start there. But I’ll do more of them,” the director added.