'O god that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains'
Othello is incredibly talented and successful. But he remains an outsider in his city, subject to racism, jealousy and suspicion. Only Desdemona treats him with respect and kindness: they fall passionately in love. His best friend, Iago, watches Othello’s life flourish with unbearable jealousy and plots to undermine his love for Desdemona.
Othello’s world disintegrates into chaos – he loses control of his thoughts and emotions – and turns on the only person in the world who wants to protect him.
Intense, dramatic and timeless, Othello is one of Shakespeare’s most atmospheric, fast-moving and devastating tales. Shakespeare concocts a poisonous cocktail that reveals how prejudice, jealousy, and social exclusion can destroy the most intelligent minds and the purest of loves.
Ellen McDougall directs a powerful feminist take on Shakespeare's bitter tragedy