A slightly updated version of Othello set in the 19th century Cyprus, where all characters wear uniforms and dresses from the American Civil War era. Othello, a heroic aging Moroccan ... See full summary »

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Michael Grandage ...
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John Burgess ...
Brian Lawson ...
First senator / Second Cyprus soldier / Second Othello soldier
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Servant to the Senate / First Cyprus soldier / First Othello soldier
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Marsha A. Hunt ...
Bianca (as Marsha Hunt)
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A slightly updated version of Othello set in the 19th century Cyprus, where all characters wear uniforms and dresses from the American Civil War era. Othello, a heroic aging Moroccan mercenary marries beautiful and loving Desdemona, daughter of a general. Their love has no match, but their doom is spelled by non other than Othello's personal confidant Iago, a master manipulator, who believes that a trained loyal soldier like him is more deserving of a good life than a foreign mercenary.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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23 June 1990 (UK)  »

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Television version of the Royal Shakespeare Company production from their 1989 Stratford and London season. See more »

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Version of Shakespeare: The Animated Tales: Othello (1994) See more »

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A superb performance
21 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While there are also the Welles and Olivier films, which are fine adaptations and films in their own right, and also the Fishburne film, I shall always put this performance of one of Shakespeare's finest in their class. The sets are somewhat basic but acceptable also, and while the costumes have an American Civil War look to them considering the references to Europe they are appropriate. The stage direction manages to be moving and intense, while the dialogue is as ever brilliant and delivered grippingly. The acting is wonderful, especially Ian McKellen as Iago. His warm face is perfect for when Iago plays the roles of the false friend and confidante to Othello, yet McKellen is perfectly sinister and oily in his manipulation of him. His intensity of lines is as ever, as it was with the 1979 Macbeth, brilliant. Willard White is a dignified presence and very passionate in his increasing jealousy and rage, while Imogen Stubbs's Desdemona is three-dimensionally delicate and poignant. This Othello also has one of the better supporting casts of any Othello production, after seeing many that have been solidly performed but rather undistinguished otherwise. Sean Baker is very good as Cassio, and you possibly won't see a better Emilia than Zoe Wannamaker anywhere. Overall, the sound quality could have been sharper perhaps but that isn't enough to hinder the rest of this otherwise superb Othello. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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