Ola Ince directs a thrilling new production of Shakespeare’s tragedy, which lays bare the devastating effects of racism and resentment.
Experience Shakespearean Tragedy with Othello TicketsStep into the intimate space of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, where no secrets can be hidden, and experience the thrilling Othello as part of the venue’s amazing 10th anniversary season. Shakespeare’s ferocious tragedy about a man’s downfall fuelled by jealousy, prejudice and lust is laid bare in Ola Ince’s production, which proves it is as relevant now as it was hundreds of years ago.
Othello SynopsisOthello is a general, a hero and a loving husband to Desdemona. He has built a fantastic career and reputation. But he is also a Black man, and Iago resents his success. Fearsome jealousy and manipulation soon rip Othello’s life apart, tearing not only his reputation, but his very sanity, to shreds.
Shakespeare’s tragedy is an arresting account of racism’s toxic reach, as a successful Black man is torn down by a society that praised him mere days earlier. It has been performed in various locations, in various ways and in various settings from classic to modern, and every time resonates powerfully with audiences.
Its themes of passion, green-eyed jealousy and prejudice are still uncannily relevant, and it boasts some of the most memorable characters that will sweep you up in a flurry of emotions as ugly resentment ends in despair.
Shakespeare’s Othello Creative TeamOthello is one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, standing beside other giants like King Lear and Hamlet as examples of plays that almost everyone recognises by name. It is revived at the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by director Ola Ince, who makes her debut at the venue with this production.
Ince has previously directed shows at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, including a “bold, clever [and] energetic” (The Guardian) Romeo and Juliet in 2021. Her other credits include Appropriate at the Donmar Warehouse and Is God Is at the Royal Court Theatre.