Nigerian Actor David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig to star in Shakespeare’s Othello

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Both David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig have a long list of theatre credits to their names PA/Getty Images

British stars David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig are to star together in an Off Broadway production of Shakespeare’s Othello next autumn.

The James Bond actor will star as Iago in the play staged by the New York Theater Workshop (NYTW), with Selma actor Oyelowo in the title role.

The play will be presented in a 199-seat theatre for a limited run, although dates are yet to be announced.

It will be directed by Sam Gold, who won a Tony this year for Fun Home.

The director told the New York Times he and Craig had been in talks for some time to collaborate on a theatre project, before reaching out to Oyelowo.

Craig – who will be seen on the big screen in 007 film Spectre later this month – recently appeared on Broadway in 2013 in a revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal opposite his wife, Rachel Weisz, and Rafe Spall.

In 2009, he also appeared opposite Hugh Jackman in a Broadway production of A Steady Rain.

Oyelowo has a long list of theatre credits to his name, beginning his stage career in 1999 with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was the first black actor to play an English king in a major Shakespeare production in the RSC’s 2001 staging of Henry VI.

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