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Reviews

  • Four stars

    The Guardian

    "Iqbal Khan’s gripping production has already made history by being the first at Stratford to cast a black actor as Iago. But I had not anticipated how many fascinating ideas such an imaginative piece of casting would provoke."
  • Four stars

    The Daily Telegraph

    "The ensemble work here is terrific but it’s the inspired playing, and the crucial shift of perspective, at the heart of the production that makes this event as electrifying as it is long overdue."

Cast & creative team

Characters

  • Othello
    Hugh Quarshie
  • Desdemona
    Joanna Vanderham
  • Iago
    Lucian Msamati
  • Cassio
    Jacob Fortune-Lloyd
  • Emilia
    Ayesha Dharker
  • Roderigo
    James Corrigan
  • Bianca
    Scarlett Brookes
  • Brabantio
    Brian Protheroe
  • Duke of Venice
    Nadia Albina
  • Montano
    David Ajao
  • Lodovico
    Tim Samuels
  • Gratiano
    Gwilym Lloyd
  • Venetian Comms Officer
    Eva Feiler
  • Venetian Guard
    Guy Hughes
  • Venetian Soldier
    Owen Findlay
  • Cypriot Comms Officer
    Rina Mahoney
  • Cypriot Soldier
    Rina Mahoney
  • Cypriot Solider
    Jay Saighal
  • Citizen of Venice
    Eve Feiler
  • Citizen of Venice
    Rina Mahoney
  • Messenger
    Rina Mahoney
  • Gentleman of Cyprus
    Owen Findlay
  • Gentleman of Cyprus
    Ken Nwosu
  • Gentleman of Cyprus
    Jay Saighal
  • Herald
    Jay Saighal
  • Soldier
    Guy Hughes

Team

  • William Shakespeare
    Writer
  • Iqbal Khan
    Stage Director
  • Robin Lough
    Screen Director
  • Akintayo Akinbode
    Composer
  • Ciaran Bagnall
    Set and Lighting Designer
  • Fotini Dimou
    Costume Designer
  • Andrew Franks
    Sound
  • Diane Alison-Mitchell
    Movement
  • Kevin McCurdy
    Fights
  • Alison Bomber
    Company Text and Voice Work
  • Anthony Ekundayo Lennon
    Assistant Director
  • Simon Ash
    Production Manager
  • Ed Parry
    Costume Supervisor
  • Janet Gautrey
    Stage Manager
  • Zoë Donegan
    Producer
  • John Wyver
    Producer, Live from Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Akintayo Akinbode
    Music Director
  • Helena Palmer CDG
    Casting Director
  • Tim McQuillen-Wright
    Associate Set Designer
  • Jondon
    Company Manager
  • Emma Mckie
    Deputy Stage Manager