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In rehearsal: Othello

Published January 31, 2017

How do you rehearse the amalgamation of fear and jealousy into Shakespeare’s most poisonous dramatic cocktail? With smiles aplenty, if these rehearsal pictures are anything to go by.

Centring on the corruption of Othello, a successful and celebrated hero manipulated by his best friend Iago into an object of envy and mistrust, the show promises to be fast-moving, devastating, atmospheric and affecting.

Revealing how fear and jealousy can destroy the most intelligent minds and the purest of loves, Ellen McDougall’s production explores the boundaries of time and context, moving between its Jacobean origins and the current world, considering how Shakespeare’s 400 year old play is terrifyingly relevant to the world we live in today.

Othello plays at the Sam Wanamaker playhouse from Thursday 23 February-Saturday 22 April; you can book your tickets through the venue’s website.