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Shakespeare's Tragic Play

A story of love, jealousy, and betrayal, William Shakespeare's Othello covers all the themes to make his early 17th century play timeless. Also covering race, religion, and philosophy, the play is particularly topical at the moment, so there is no better time to go and see a new production.

Directed by The National Theatre's, Nicholas Hytner, Othello is showing at the Olivier Theatre until the 18th August with tickets between £12-£48.

A newly appointed military leader, and a newly married man, Othello's future looks promising; but tragedy unfolds when he chooses to promote his deceitful ensign, Iago, who convinces Othello, that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair.

Although the running time is almost three and a half hours long, the theatre have still found time to organise some post-show events. On the 5th June there will be a screening showing excerpts from various film portrayals of Othello, including the Olivier production that uses the original script, and a more contemporary adaptation set in a US high school. There will also be conversation with cast members, including Adrian Lester, who has the starring role, and his co-stars Rory Kinnear and Lyndsey Marshal.
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When: 9th May - 18th August
Phone: 020 7452 3000
Where: National Theatre, Olivier Theatre
Cost: £12-£48
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