Tag Archives: Othello
Laurence Olivier as Othello (1965)

Olivier’s Othello

On Sunday evening, as part of the Shakespeare Film Festival, there was a special screening of Laurence Olivier’s Othello. Perhaps, like me, you’ve been a little put off this film because one of the first things that people say about it is ‘Olivier’s performance is too big for the screen.’ Having seen it, all I […]

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Iago on the Couch

Iago and the Analysts

The Institute of Psychoanalysis talks Shakespeare. To be exact, it talks Shakespeare on a new DVD called Iago on the Couch. Around the candle-lit setting of Freud’s dining table decked with eclectically styled glass decanters, wine, cheeses and fruits, sit three psychoanalysts and two thespians ready to engage with the mind of Shakespeare’s troublesome Iago. […]

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Desdemona

Year of Shakespeare: Desdemona

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Desdemona, dir. Peter Sellars, script by Toni Morrison, music by Rokia Traoré, 19 July 2012 at the Barbican, London By Erin Sullivan, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham In her forward to […]

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Dark Side

Year of Shakespeare: The Dark Side of Love

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   The Dark Side of Love, directed by Renato Rocha and co-directed by Keziah Serreau, 5 July 2012 at the Roundhouse, London By Sonia Massai, King’s College London At the beginning of this 45-minute promenade […]

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37 languages

Year of Shakespeare: Circles, Centres, and the Globe to Globe Festival

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Circles, Centres, and the Globe to Globe Festival By Stephen Purcell, University of Warwick At a meeting of the Year of Shakespeare contributors last week, I found myself thinking about […]

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Swedish Bard

Shakespeare in Sweden

Caliban as a buzzed up grunge metaller, Lear as a red-nosed clown, Olivia as the owner and Malvolio the manager of a down-sized tire factory whose workers belt out rock ‘n’ roll classics and roar onto stage on a Harley Davidson, Othello played by a frail but feisty twenty-something white woman… Swedish theater is not […]

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Richard Burbage

How did they (cast Othello) in Othello

You may remember the character of Othello. Described by many of the other characters in the play as ‘the moor’ or even on one occasion ‘his moorship’, he is called an ‘an old black ram’ with ‘thick lips’ and ‘black Othello’. Some of the characters conclude (rather unfairly) ‘it cannot be that Desdemona will long […]

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Othello

Year of Shakespeare: Othello

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen. Othello: The Remix, Q Brothers and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, dir. GQ and JQ, 5 May 2012 at The Globe, London. By Erin Sullivan, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham When the […]

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Delighted Beauty

What Multilingual Shakespeare Can Teach Us

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   What Multilingual Shakespeare Can Teach Us? By Alexa Alice Joubin, George Washington University The World Shakespeare Festival in 2012 is arguably one of the most important and ambitious festivals […]

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