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Dan Stevens, one of the stars of Downton Abbey will be joining the cast of the Broadway revival of The Heiress. Stevens joins a talented cast headlined by Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn.
According to The Associated Press, the show’s producers made the announcement late Sunday, adding that it will be Stevens’ Broadway debut.
Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey, has been cast as Morris Townsend, the potential suitor for Chastain’s Catherine Sloper, notes The Los Angeles Times.
Although Stevens hasn’t performed on Broadway before, he is a stage veteran and has even appeared on the American stage in the past. In 2005, he starred in a production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, which played in Los Angeles. He has also appeared in several West End productions in London, including Arcadia, The Vortex and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.
This production of The Heiress was first announced in January, when Chastain was cast to play Catherine. The play is based on Henry James’ novel Washington Square and was written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz. It was first performed in 1947. A film version was produced in 1949 with Olivia De Havilland playing Catherine and Montgomery Clift as Morris.
Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland will be producing the production with Moises Kaufman directing. Strathairn was cast in March to play Catherine’s father. The production will begin in October, although no theater or specific dates have been announced.