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Broadway News Denzel Washington and Jake Gyllenhaal Will Star in Broadway Othello

Kenny Leon will direct a new production of the Shakespearean tragedy.

Denzel Washington and Jake Gyllenhaal

Stage and screen stars Denzel Washington and Jake Gyllenhaal will co-star in a new Broadway revival of Othello.

Tony winner Kenny Leon will direct, with Washington playing the title role opposite Gyllenhaal as Iago.

Performances of the Shakespeare tragedy are expected to begin in spring 2025 at a Shubert Organization-owned theatre. Brian Anthony Moreland is producing. Further casting is to be announced.

The performance will be Washington's first time back on the boards since starring in a 2018 revival of The Iceman Cometh. The revival also reunites him with Leon, after working together on 2010's Fences (which won Washington a Tony Award) and 2014's A Raisin in the Sun.

Gyllenhaal made his Broadway debut in 2015's Constellations, later returning for a 2017 revival of Sunday in the Park With George and 2019's Sea Wall/A Life (also produced by Moreland), the latter of which earned him a Tony nomination.

Shakespeare is, of course, never far from Broadway, though this upcoming revival will be the first Broadway staging of the tragedy since a 1982 revival starring James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer. The classic play follows its title character, a Moorish military commander who falls victim to a psychological campaign from adversary Iago aimed at turning him against his new wife, Desdemona.

The revival will be arguably the highest-profile production brought to the Main Stem by producer Moreland, soon to be represented with the forthcoming revival of The Wiz. He's previously received four Tony Award nominations, for The Piano Lesson, American Buffalo, The Sound Inside, and Sea Wall/A Life.

The production is being cast by ARC Casting's Duncan Stewart. 101 Productions will serve as general manager.

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