February 2nd, 2013

Me with Red Ribbon

Othello, National Theatre, Adrian Lester & Rory Kinnear: THE Theatre Event of 2013!

Rory Kinnear (Iago) and Adrian Lester (Othello), Photographer Seamus Ryan
Photo credit: http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2013/01/30/national-theatre-announce-exciting-year-ahead/

Very early on in 2013, I am putting my cards on the table and stating upfront what I consider to be THE London Theatre Event of 2013 ... the National Theatre's Othello.

This was first mooted a couple of years ago, and I have been really excited about it ever since, because Othello is one of my top three Shakespeare plays (the others being The Tempest and The Merchant of Venice) and Nick Hytner, my favourite Director, was going to be directing it.

When they announced the casting last year - with Adrian Lester as Othello and Rory Kinnear as Iago - my heart missed a beat and stopped dead.

So given this is:
a) Othello
b) the National Theatre
c) directed by Nick Hytner and
d) starring Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear
I have no hesitation at all in saying that this will be THE London Theatre Event of 2013!

Cut and pasted from the National Theatre Website:

by William Shakespeare
Playing from 16 April

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

Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy!
It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
That cuckold lives in bliss
Who certain of his fate loves not his wronger,
But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o’er,
Who dotes yet doubts, suspects, yet fondly loves!

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GREAT NEWS for those outside of London and internationally, National Theatre Live (NT Live) will be broadcasting Othello live from the National Theatre to cinemas across the UK and around the globe in September (date to be confirmed).

Booking opens:
Supporting Cast: from 1 Feb
Priority Members: from 4 Feb
Advance Members: from 7 Feb
General public: from 15 Feb