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Othello

Othello

“One of the most malevolent Iagos I’ve seen in Nelson……stealthy, sinister and frightening. You believe he’s capable of destroying Henry’s Othello. And you believe in Henry’s destruction”
The Times (Benedict Nightingale)

“Henry truly triumphed – From his entrance, there is no mistaking his sheer stage presence and impressive bearing. But he delivers the verse with compelling clarity and dignity too The fact that he is such a big, powerful man, and his Desdemona, heart-wrenchingly played by Jessica Harris, is so tiny, young, naïve and vulnerable make these scenes almost too painful to watch. And then, in the magnificent last, Henry delivers some of the greatest poetry Shakespeare ever wrote with clarity and depth of feeling and reaches the heart of a terrible sense of tragic loss.”
The Daily Telegraph

“This is one of the most astonishing debuts in Shakespeare I have ever seen. It is impossible to praise too highly Henry’s courage in taking on so demanding and exposed a role, and then performing it with such authority and feeling. “

The Daily Telegraph

“Conrad (Nelson) is a great performer…he gives one of the best performances of his career. (Lenny Henry) is a massive presence and you easily believe that he is a soldier that could run through twenty men with an arm and a dagger, as he later boasts.The rest of the cast are as usual solid – Maeve Larkin as Emilia is exceptional.
Yorkshire Post****

“Barrie Rutter has directed a touring Othello that is both visually accessible and theatrically captivating.”
The Independent****

Cast:

Iago – Conrad Nelson
Roderigo – Matt Connor
Brabantio – Barrie Rutter
Othello – Lenny Henry
Cassio – Richard Standing
Duke/Gratiano – Fine Time Fontayne
Senator/Lodovico – Simon Holland Roberts
Desdemona – Jessica Harris
Montano – Andy Cryer
Emilia – Maeve Larkin
Herald – Chris Pearse
Bianca – Rachel Jane Allen
Director – Barrie Rutter
Composer – Conrad Nelson
Designer – Ruari Murchison
Costume Designer – Stephen Snell
Lighting Designer – Guy Hoare

Regional tour 14 Feb – 10 May 2009

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Theatre Royal, Bath
Rose Theatre, Kingston
New Vic Theatre, Newcastle Under Lyme
Viaduct Theatre, Halifax

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