Olivier Award-winning actors Adrian Lester (Henry V) and Rory Kinnear take the roles of Othello and the duplicitous Iago, and they are directed by Nicholas Hytner (Timon Of Athens)in this a contemporary-dress-with-Elizabethan-language interpretation. I often find this approach can be a tad jarring. Personally I prefer the costuming period to match the spoken period, but then I'm not the one doing the work and I did get accustomed to it fairly soon with Timon.
I listened to a BBC radio version of Othello starring Lenny Henry a couple of years ago. He was in a West End production at the time and I can still remember feeling moved and shocked by the play. Exploring age old themes of jealousy and desire, Othello is basically quite a nice love story. However, the overwhelming hatred that Iago feels poisons and twists the tale into one of vicious racism and revenge.
Cineworld, Thu 26th Sep, 19:00.
Tickets £14.20, £12.10 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, or in person in the foyer.
There is also a Schools Performance on Monday the 14th of October, but it is at 10am. Who on earth does Shakespeare at 10am?!