Rory Kinnear as Iago, Adrian Lester as Othello
Othello gets its NT Live this week and it will be broadcast live from the National Theatre into cinemas across the UK and around the world.
Cut and pasted from the National Theatre Website:
by William Shakespeare
directed by Nick Hytner
Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy!
It is the green-eyed monster,
which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
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.
Adrian Lester, last seen at the National as Henry V, takes the title role, playing opposite Rory Kinnear (Iago), whose recent appearances at the National include Hamlet and The Last of the Haussmans.
The trailer is here:
For full production details follow the link:
The NT Live website, where you can find out more information about the production and also find your nearest cinema showing NT Live, is here:
I have seen this production of Othello and I would highly recommend it because it places the play in a modern military setting, making it much more immediate, raw and relevant; it has towering performances from both Adrian Lester as Othello and Rory Kinnear as Iago; and because it is very accessible to anyone unfamiliar with Shakespeare and/or Othello. Othello is a play examining the green-eyed monster of jealousy and focusing on revenge. This production shows that Shakespeare and his plays are as relevant today as when they were originally written, because they speak about human beings, what drives them, and the human condition. Highly recommended and in cinemas across the UK and worldwide this week!
As per usual, I will be watching at my local NT Live cinema, the Brixton Ritzy.
Finally, I have written an in-depth feature on NT Live for Vada Magazine which can be found in the two following places: