“Shakespeare’s Othello is one of the most potentially toxic plays out there.”
Richard Twyman, director of English Touring Theatre’s vital production of Othello, provides an introduction to themes such as religion, fear of the other and masculinity, exploring their relevance to current issues in contemporary society as well as Elizabethan culture.
Twyman continues to emphasise the importance of making Othello resonate with a modern audience and discusses his methods and intentions for doing so, including how his research on the historical context of the play and Jerry Brotton’s book This Orient Isle invited a different interpretation of Othello as Muslim.
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