Want to see Daniel Craig, everyone's favorite James Bondage fantasy, play the villain on an intimate Off Broadway stage? Of course you do. Everyone does. After months of furious anticipation, single tickets for New York Theatre Workshop's production of Othello finally go on sale today at noon, both online (at the NYTW website) and by phone (at 212-460-5475). Prepare for the internet and possibly the phone company to break. (To avoid potential stampedes, tickets will not be on sale at the theater's actual box office.)
Craig will be playing the treacherous Iago, one of dramatic literature's greatest baddies. He is not the only attraction here, of course. There is Shakespeare's play itself, a tragedy that unfolds at the speed of farce. There is the rest of the cast, which includes David Oyelowo (Selma's Martin Luther King Jr.) as Othello, Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) as Desdemona, Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story) as Cassio, and downtown favorites Marsha Stephanie Blake and Matt Maher as the earthy Emilia and the doltish Roderigo. There is Sam Gold, one of New York's most accomplished young directors, whose résumé includes Fun Home and The Flick. But also, you know: There is Daniel Craig. As Iago.
New York Theatre Workshop's strictly limited run of Othello starts previews on November 22, officially opens on December 12 and closes on January 18. Tickets cost $125. Good luck at noon.