DOI: 10.5040/9781350935181.01

Duration: 3:15:49

  • 01 Othello 2:57:34
  • 02 Interview with director Nicholas Hytner 0:04:54
  • 03 Iago and Othello 0:04:52
  • 04 Emilia and Desdemona: Women in Othello 0:05:11
  • 05 Othello rehearsals: Staging a brawl 0:03:18

Age recommendation: 12+

Recorded through National Theatre Live on 26th September, 2013.

Othello, newly married to Desdemona – who is half his age – is appointed leader of a major military operation. Iago, passed over for promotion by Othello in favour of the young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair.

This acclaimed production of William Shakespeare’s play about the destructive power of jealousy was nominated for Best Revival at the 2013 Olivier Awards. Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear jointly won the Evening Standard Best Actor Award for their performances in the iconic roles of Othello and Iago.

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Roderigo: Tom Robertson
Iago: Rory Kinnear
Brabantio: William Chubb
Othello: Adrian Lester
Cassio: Jonathan Bailey
The Duke of Venice: Robert Demeger
Lodovico: Nick Sampson
Senator: Joseph Wilkins
Official: Rebecca Tanwen
Official: David Carr
Desdemona: Olivia Vinall
Montano: Chook Sibtain
Soldier: Sandy Batchelor
Soldier: Gabriel Fleary
Officer: Scott Karim
Emilia: Lyndsey Marshal
Bianca: Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi
Gratiano: Jonathan Dryden Taylor
Soldier: Adam Berry
Soldier: David Kirkbride
Soldier: Tom Radford

Director: Nicholas Hytner
Designer: Vicki Mortimer
Music: Nick Powell
Lighting Designer: Jon Clark
Sound Designer: Gareth Fry
Fight Director: Kate Waters

From Othello


National Theatre

William Shakespeare

ISBN: 9781350935181

Series: National Theatre Collection