ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
Sunday, October 11 - 1:00pm
$15 Adults | $13 Seniors/Students
$10 Friends of the Tivoli Cardholders
(at the door only)
ALL SEATING GENERAL ADMISSION
RATED PG | Running time: 2:55 plus one intermission
Othello is the greatest general of his age. A fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies.
But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him. As they plot in the shadows, Othello realizes too late that the greatest danger lies not in the hatred of others, but his own fragile and destructive pride.
After more than a decade working in film and television on projects, Hugh Quarshie returns to the RSC to play Shakespeare's Othello. Hugh will play opposite Lucian Msamati in the role of Iago The production is directed by Iqbal Khan.
Daily Telegraph ★★★★
'Electrifying. It feels as though history is being made'
'The concept burns with molten intensity into the flesh of the evening'
'A stunning, palatial set design'
'Quarshie makes for a suave and stylish general. Joanna Vanderham's luminously lovely, touchingly distraught Desdemona. The ensemble work here is terrific'
'History is made with the RSC's fresh take on the tragedy'
'Iqbal Khan's gripping production'
'Hugh Quarshie is an excellent Othello reinforced by Lucian's Msamati's outstanding Iago. Joanna Vanderham is a striking Desdemona'
Evening Standard ★★★★
'Iqbal Khan's muscular, compelling five-act showdown'
'Hugh Quarshie's statesmanlike dignity and Lucian Msamati's streetwise conniving'
'Ayesha Dharker provides passionate support as Emilia'
'Iqbal Khan's compelling new version'
'Lucian Msamati's excellent Iago. A very fine performance from Hugh Quarshie'
'Joanna Vanderman's attractively mettlesome Desdemona'
'The production raises fascinating questions and grips throughout in what is a significant milestone for the RSC'
'Iago compellingly played by Lucian Msamati. A fine RSC debut from Joanna Vanderham'
Sunday Times ★★★★
'Hugh Quarshie's Othello exudes a serene confidence…Lucian Msamati is a grinning villain who gleefully takes his audience into his confidence'
The Stage ★★★★
'Iqbal Khan's compellingly fresh production'
'Joanna Vanderham portrays a vulnerable Desdemona who exudes style and poise. Scarlett Brooke's tattooed, warm-hearted Bianca…James Corrigan's Roderigo is appropriately na´ve'
'Compelling and freshly focused, anti-heroic and unlyrical production, packed with twists and surprises'
'A stimulating interpretation, full of provocations and fresh compulsion' 'Joanna Vanderham's Desdemona is tough, independent and sexy and Ayesha Dharker elegant and bitter as Emilia'