Othello

Shakespeare

West End

National Theatre, Olivier

Until Sat Oct 5 2013

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    OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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    OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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    OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com

  • JOHAN PERSSON

    OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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    OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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    OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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    OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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    OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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    OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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    OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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    OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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    OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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    OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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    OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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OTHELLO by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Vicki Mortimer, The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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Robert

Agree with the comments below about the juvenile start to the review above by Andrzej Lukowski, but also don't get the adulation in the rest of his review. This was an enjoyable evening out (going to the National almost always is), but this is not a great or memorable performance of Othello. Setting the play in a modern setting was not successful - one does not get the feeling of international power politics and dramatic consequence lying behind what happens to the main protagonists and it results in the denouement happening in what is clearly an Ikea-furnished bedroom - how grand is that! Lyndsey Marshall is a little flat as Iago’s wife Emilia Olivia and Olivia Vinall’s is a not-too-convincing Desdemona, more 16-year old school girl than anything else. However, the lack of any real spark between Othello and Iago, was the most disappointing aspect of the play. Overall, this was not a bad performance, but given the hype beforehand my expectations were high and not met. If you get to see it, fine, but if you don't manage to get tickets, don't worry the National will be doing much better things than this in the months to come.

nick

agree with chap below - really stupid to begin a review so crudely. a) I have absolutely no idea what you are on about b) its not really appropriate when thousands of young students of Othello might read this and c) it suggests to me an immature and show-offy reviewer trying to steal the limelight from the play he is reviewing

Kathy Heys

Othello by William Shakespeare National Theatre July 3rd- October 5th Whilst the setting of the majority of the play in an army camp in Cyprus brings out the timelessness of Shakespeare's play it does so at a price. Redundant amid the pistols and machine guns of modern warfare is the colourful images evoked by lines such as 'Keep up your bright swords for the dew will rust them' for this production is uniformly beige. The walls of the compound, dress of the combatants and even the ground may accurately reflect the ubiquitous colour of mediterranean island in summer but Othello is not like his men: he is a bird of paradise amid house sparrows. Except in this production he is not and this makes it far more difficult to believe in Desdemona's attraction to him. Moreover fine actor that Adrian Lester is, he lacks the physical stature of a General being small in height and slight in build: he lacks majesty and grandeur. Iago is a wonderful role and Rory Kinnear revels in the malevolence of the part. He is particularly effective in weaving isolated scraps of 'evidence' into a tale believed by the man he is determined to ruin. Equally good is Lyndsey Marshall who is a down to earth female soldier. Yet she is also Iago's wife Emilia and there is no chemistry between them nor is there much between Othello and Desdemona (Olivia Vinall). Cyprus is a man's club where there is little value is placed upon the feminine virtues and women are only endured if they are 'one of the boys'. Whilst this production is worth seeing it is not one people will remember in years to come as they did with Olivier's Othello. It is competent rather than dazzling and drab rather than breathtaking. *** ( 3 stars)

Darren B

I thoroughly enjoyed National Theatre's production of Othello. Long wanting to see the Shakespeare play since studying it back in school, the story has always carried a lot of weight to me. None of that has been lost after finally getting to see it in the flesh. Rory Kinnear as Iago is brilliant, driving the story forward as he plots Othello, Adrian Lester's, downfall. He is a villain's villain and his 'trusting' words presented in a sort of one of the boys speech would twist anyone's mind, Othello simply doesn't have a chance. How can love turn to such hate? Well Adrian Lester is superb and you can see how these twisted words sends him on a roller-coaster of emotions, doubt, confusion, passion and betrayal all war through him whilst Rory Kinnear unnervingly plays it straight. Great set designs and moody music all adds much to the performances. Well worth seeing.

ela

probably shouldn't comment after only second preview - but production is so well conceived, it's ready to go - and yes, Iago is the star. Really least favourite Shakespeare play but this is a great production for clarity and engagement