The tragic tale of the Moor of Venice; it explores power, race, trust & jealousy. Othello marries the virtuous Desdemona, but is soon influenced by the treacherous Iago and made to think she has been unfaithful with his loyal lieutenant Cassio.
Despite it being one of Shakespeare’s most famous & widely performed plays, I have yet to see it. Not even one of the numerous film & TV adaptations! So, whilst I know the rough outline of the story, it will be wonderful to see something that is completely new to me. I couldn’t ask for a better introduction to this play – performed by my favourite theatre company in the beautiful & atmospheric surroundings of St Giles-in-the-Fields church off Tottenham Court Road.
“Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy!It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”
At the season launch in March, the Twelfth Night cast gave a couple of readings from the play – Pip Brignall performed one of Iago’s monologues, followed by Emma Hall & Jack Christie as Desdemona & Othello. Obviously at that point they were at the height of their preparations for Twelfth Night, but somehow these recitals created a special atmosphere nonetheless. Hopefully we will hear about casting soon; with the talent at their disposal, it is an exciting prospect indeed!
It is set to be a traditional affair, but I’m sure it will have the customary Scena Mundi touch that sets it apart from all others.
Othello is playing at St Giles-in-the-Fields from 31 May – 18 June 2016, with its press night on 2 June. Tickets are available online.