Book that trip now to New York City for next fall. That’s when Dan Stevens, the 29-year-old British actor who has become an international heartthrob playing Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey, heads across the Atlantic to appear on Broadway.
He will make his debut on the Great White Way next October opposite fast-rising movie star Jessica Chastain (The Help and The Tree of Life) in a hotly anticipated revival of The Heiress, a play based on the Henry James novel, Washington Square.
Stevens has been cast as Morris Townsend, an ambitious young man whose motives for courting Catherine Sloper (Chastain), a shy heiress who’s under the thumb of her domineering father (to be played by David Strathairn), are open to question. It’s a role that has been played on Broadway in earlier revivals by David Selby (TV’s Dark Shadows) and Jon Tenney (TV’s The Closer) and by Montgomery Clift in the 1949 movie version.
Stevens has spent considerable time on stage in London, including in a West End revival of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.
In addition to appearing in the third season of Downton, which begins airing in England next fall and in the U.S. in early 2013, he has two movies slated for probable release this year. The first is Vamps, a vampire comedy in which he costars with Alicia Silverstone and Sigourney Weaver. The second is Summer in February, a British period drama about a real life romantic triangle at an artist’s colony in Cornwall during the Edwardian era. Dominic Cooper and Emily Browning costar with Stevens in Summer.
As if all that activity wasn’t enough, Stevens and wife Susie, a singing teacher, are expecting their second child shortly.
Will you try to see Stevens in The Heiress?