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Lenny Henry takes on the Moor in Shakespeare's famous tragedy of jealousy, revenge, love and desire. Read More >

Love, racism, jealousy and desire are at the emotional core of Othello, Shakespeare’s monumental tragedy, a tender love story shattered by one man’s obsessive hatred of another.

Othello, a high ranking soldier, is noble, brave and victorious. Iago, passed over for a position in the army, fuels his diabolical revenge with hatred and snarling racism. Poignant, intense and heartbreaking, Othello mercilessly explores every inch of the human condition.

In this production by Northern Broadsides, which originated at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in February, the title role is played by Lenny Henry. Better known as a comedian, now Henry takes on one of Shakespeare’s most famous and complex roles for his theatrical stage debut. 

Henry’s stage experience to date includes numerous one-man stand-up shows, while his long career has also encompassed radio, film and television, with credits including The Lenny Henry Show, Lenny Henry In Pieces, Lenny’s Britain, Chef!, The Delbert Wilkins Show, Hope And Glory and Comic Strip Presents. He is a co-founder of Comic Relief. 

He is directed by Barrie Rutter, the Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides who has also directed for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. 

The cast of Othello also includes Jessica Harris, previously seen in London in Harper Regan at the National Theatre, as Desdemona, and regular Northern Broadsides collaborator Conrad Nelson as Iago.

For more about Othello at the Trafalgar Studio 1, read the Big Interview with Lenny Henry or the First Night Feature.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 11/09/2009

Opening Night: 18/09/2009

Closing Night: 12/12/2009

Running time: 3h

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Cast & Creative


Lenny Henry, Jessica Harris, Conrad Nelson, David Beckford, Matt Connor, Andy Cryer, Victoria Gee, Geoff Leesley, Chris Pearse, Simon Holand Roberts, Sara Poyzer, Richard Standing


Director - Barrie Rutter

Producer - Northern Broadsides, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sonia Friedman Productions

Designer - Ruari Murchison

Lighting Designer - Guy Hoare

Author - William Shakespeare

Music By - Conrad Nelson

About Trafalgar Studios 1

14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY

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