‘Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see. She has deceived her father, and may thee.’ One could argue that Brabantio’s warning to Othello is the pulse that runs through one of the most sinister of Shakespeare’s plays: if true, Richard Twyman and the English Touring Theatre have exploited this to full effect. In a taut staging addressing contemporary religious tensions – particularly those between Islam and Christianity – Victor Oshin masterfully humanises the protagonist before his inevitable fall whilst Kitty Archer as Desdemona provides a tragic foil to his demise. A thrillingly tense an immensely humane exploration of the danger of jealousy unleashed.
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WATCH RICHARD TWYMAN, Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre and director of the ETT staging of Othello, captured by Digital Theatre +, discusses his production with Professor Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary, University of London) and Abdul-Rehman Malik (Yale School of Divinity), creative advisor on the production:
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