The republic of Venice employs General Othello, a self-made man and a Moor, to defend its overseas territories against the Turks. As the Turkish threat gathers and Venetian forces are despatched to Cyprus, the love Othello holds for his new wife becomes a raging, uncontrollable torrent. Iago, a junior officer secretly enraged by Othello, exploits his General’s ambiguous position and ingenuous nature, driving him into a passionate and overpowering jealousy.
Othello is an all too human story; marked by the domestic intimacy of a chamber piece, it has the feel of a relentless Greek tragedy.
The wasteland of death may be both Iago’s goal and his harvest, but the stage belongs to Othello, a man who loved perhaps unwisely and too well.
A surprisingly fun take on Othello, with standout turns from Mark Rylance as Iago and Sheila Atim as Emilia
Enjoyable moment to moment but never moving or revelatory
Mark Rylance’s Iago offers the essence of evil’s banality
Mark Rylance and André Holland get to heart of the play
Plucky Rylance is the perfect monster
Mark Rylance and André Holland are excellent in this toxic masculinity-heavy take on Shakespeare’s tragedy
Mark Rylance returns to the Globe with a larky performance
Sheila Atim’s Emilia is wasted in the earlier acts – her marriage to Iago is curiously under-explored — but the performance flares into glorious life later on