Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Noth Tackle Stage Classics

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Peter Sarsgaard and Chris Noth

The actors will star next season in off-Broadway productions of "Hamlet" and "Doctor Faustus" for Classic Stage Company.

NEW YORK – Peter Sarsgaard and Chris Noth will test their classical theater chops, taking on the lead roles in William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, respectively.

The productions are part of the 2014-15 season lineup of off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company, which gets underway in the fall with a revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's rarely produced 1947 musical, Allegro, directed by John Doyle.

Sarsgaard, who previously has appeared at CSC opposite his wife, Maggie Gyllenhaal, in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters, returns as the depressive Danish prince in a January production of Hamlet, for which the director and additional cast have not yet been announced. The actor was on screens in the past year in Blue Jasmine and Lovelace, and played a lead role in season three of AMC's The Killing.

Noth will open in April in director Andrei Belgrader's production of Marlowe's Elizabethan take on the Faust legend, about a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for power and knowledge. A series regular on The Good Wife, the actor's last New York stage role was in the 2011 Broadway revival of That Championship Season.

As previously reported, Gyllenhaal will also be back on the boards next season, making her Broadway debut opposite Ewan McGregor in a fall revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing.