With production on the third season of PBS’ hit Downton Abbey wrapping soon, castmember Dan Stevens is set to play golddigger Morris Townsend in the Broadway revival of Ruth and Augustus Goetz’ play The Heiress this fall, which itself was based on the Henry James novel. Stevens plays Matthew Crawley, who is in line to inherit the grand titular estate in Downton Abbey. He will appear opposite Jessica Chastain, as the heiress herself Catherine Sloper, and David Strathairn as her disapproving father. This marks the Broadway debut for both Chastain and Stevens. The play based on Henry James’ Washington Square is being produced by Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland and directed by Moisés Kaufman. Stevens’ previous stage work, in London, include playing Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia and the Doctor in Stoppard and Andre Previn’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.
Producers Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland are announcing today that Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® Award winner David Strathairn will play “Dr. Austin Sloper” opposite Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain who will play “Catherine Sloper” in the Tony Award®-winning play The Heiress, directed by Tony Award® nominated playwright and director Moisés Kaufman.
This is David’s return to Broadway having last appearing in Salome with Al Pacino and Dianne Wiest in 2003. Later this year he will appear opposite Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg.
The Heiress will open in the Fall of 2012 at a theatre to be announced.
BREAKING: After wrapping up a year that saw her turn in lauded performances in the films The Help, Tree of Life, Take Shelter and The Debt, Jessica Chastain is now turning her sights on Broadway. She will star in The Heiress, a revival of the Tony-winning play which will be directed by Moises Kaufman. The play is being mounted by Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland for next fall. The play, written by Ruth Goetz & Augustus Goetz, was last performed on Broadway 17 years ago. Chastain is up for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for her 2011 work.