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Ended 16 Apr 2017 after 52 days

Part of Emma Rice's inaugural Wonder Noir season

Closed 16 Apr 2017

Part of the Wonder Noir season!

Shakespeare's iconic tale of racism, jealousy and betrayal comes to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as part of the Wonder Noir 2016/17 Season. Directed by Ellen McDougall, this marks a new era of female directors helming productions at the candlelit venue, with Emma Rice making her debut as Artistic Director. Trace a man's downfall into jealous insanity, thanks to his own paranoia, and the machinations of his devious right-hand man, Iago. A story that resonates deeply to this day.

What is Othello about?

General. Nobleman. Devoted husband. Othello the war hero of Venice seemingly has it all. Except that he is a Moor, and society is highly suspicious of his race, and "ulterior" motives. Facing insidious racism from all quarters, Othello's only solace is his loving wife Desdemona, who loves him fiercely, and he her. But when Othello overlooks his ensign Iago for a captaincy in preference for the gallant Cassio, Iago uses their secret marriage to stir Othello's love rival Roderigo to denounce the general to her father, and in the meantime undermining Othello's faith by playing on his most secret fear - that his Moorish background will lose him the love of his life.

As Iago's devious machinations drive Othello further into paranoia about Desdemona's faithfulness, it all comes to a head with tragic consequences for the couple - driven by Othello's own, desperate hand.

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Previews from: 23 February 2017

Opening night: 2 March 2017

Closing night: 16 April 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

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