Shakespeare's masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice.

English Touring Theatre with Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory

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“Articulate, dynamic and thrilling” ★★★★ The Stage

Othello is one of Shakespeare's most startlingly contemporary plays - a masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice.

Venice, a western colonial power employs the newly-married Othello, a Muslim general, to lead their army against the impending Turkish invasion. In a society torn apart by discrimination and fear, Othello’s life quickly unravels. Manipulated by Iago, he turns on everything he holds dear.

Following a critically acclaimed tour and London run, Richard Twyman’s vital production of Othello is brought to the stage by UK Theatre Award winners English Touring Theatre in a co-production with Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.

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‘One of the best I have seen’

★★★★ The Observer

‘Director Richard Twyman’s riveting production excels at depicting the racial and religious tensions underlying Othello and Desdemona’s peril’ 

★★★★ The Guardian

‘An astute and powerful production’ 

★★★★ The Times

‘Articulate, dynamic and thrilling’

★★★★ The Stage

‘Beautifully acted & full of fresh invention’ 

★★★★ Stage Talk Magazine

★★★★ Reviews Hub

★★★★ The Arts Desk

Behind The Scenes


Introducing Othello in 2018:

Director Richard Twyman and Victor Oshin (Othello) on the themes that make Othello one of Shakespeare's most contemporary plays.

Production photographs 2018

Othello: English Touring Theatre, 2018

Rehearsals 2018

Othello rehearsals - ETT 2018


Captioned Performance logo Captioned performance Tue 13 Nov, 7.30pm


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