With Chiwetel Ejiofor as Othello and Ewan McGregor as his nemesis, Iago, the production finds two actors who can go against the grain of current notions of how these roles should be played and who can furnish us with new insights into the hero’s downfall. There is a lofty chamber suggested by light falling through a wrought-iron window, but there is also a crumbling frieze of masonry at the top of the stage, while the murky waters of Venice are conjured up in a stream through which Iago sloshes his boots. Ejiofor makes it look not exactly easy but all of a piece, and entirely natural. There he is, explaining in rich Shakespearean phrases what a simple fellow he is: Defying society in order to pursue her heart, Desdemona marries Othello, a Moorish General, and follows him to Cyprus where he must repel the threat of Turkish invasion. Taking a stealthy step towards his victim, he pauses for a beat before lowering his voice to almost a whisper:
But Roderigo considers himself resolute, if thwarted. Ejiofor makes it look not exactly easy but all of a piece, and entirely natural. You’d think this would make a void. Christopher Oram has created, with beautiful economy, a series of interiors and exteriors expressing both comfort and decay. Then inspiration strikes and seems to engender the storm that destroys the Turkish fleet, thus creating the lull in Cyprus that gives him the time to put his poison to work. The casting of Ewan McGregor in the part has caused the Donmar to sell out you can queue each morning to get in, to stand or sit. Grandage is alive to the fact that uncontrolled rage is profoundly uninteresting to watch: Premier Logo Created with Sketch.
She makes you want to see her play those other forlorn Shakespearean heroines with ultra-present fathers – Cordelia and Ophelia what is it with willows and these heroines? The cynical view is that Othello is a fit of murderous jealousy waiting to happen. Insecure in civilian society, he wraps himself cash the security blanket of grandiloquent rhetoric and is more in love with the idea of being loved by a white girl than in love with Desdemona.
He is the embodiment of generosity, enthralled by military adventures and travel, by Desdemona’s tenderness, and by Iago’s subtle persuasions. Sped on by Adam Cork’s urgent bells-and-thunder soundscape, there’s a continual battle, a dramatic alternation between darkness and light.
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vonmar He flashes lupine grins, loiters in the dusk rolling a lustrous appraising eye at Desdemona and Cassio. It is, apart from anything else, hard to work out the actual intelligence of our hero.
The love between Othello and his wife – as soon as they are in the same place, she nestles into him and he encircles her – is one of the strengths of the production and of Ejiofor’s performance.
By being insidious but never revealing his hand, his Iago makes the climatic series of intensely emotional payoffs all the more devastating. Othello, Donmar Warehouse, London By Paul Taylor Wednesday 5 December Castt secret of the success of Michael Grandage’s extraordinarily fresh and new-minted production is that, for once, nothing in this familiar tragedy feels like a foregone conclusion.
But disappointments are often off-set warfhouse new [ A boyish, bearded Ewan McGregor brings an easy affability to the public side of the role for once, you can understand why everyone is prepared to place their trust in him and he drops the mask in order to assume a slightly louche, though insufficiently unsettling, intimacy with the audience in the soliloquies.
He may not know precisely why he wants to destroy the Moor, but he’s a dab hand at diabolical planning and his plot goes swimmingly, not least because Othello proves such an easy, if ironic accomplice.
Ejiofor moves as if his limbs have become sluggish. Get me some poison, Iago.
Iago, a junior officer tormented by his lack of promotion, sets out to destroy their love and manipulate Othello to serve his own ends. Those who have bought tickets because of McGregor will see at close quarters an actor who can hold the stage no surprise to anyone who saw him being magnetic eight years ago in Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs and handle the iambic pentameters efficiently.
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Pale, fragile, obstinate and alluring, Reilly makes her voice reedy, her gestures small but decisive: You’d think this would make a void. Ejiofor makes it look not exactly easy but all of a piece, and entirely natural. Delivering the verse with a warm expressiveness, Ejiofor’s magnificent, exotic-accented Othello exudes a calm charisma and has the kind of spiritual presence that would make you dread doing anything shabby in his presence.
From the beginning, when he comes on, twisting his wedding ring as he warehosue, this Othello looks both physically confident and mildly surprised by his good fortune. Even Othello himself is stunned by what has happened. Then inspiration strikes and seems to engender the storm that destroys the Turkish fleet, thus creating the lull in Cyprus that gives him the time to put his poison to work. Most unusually, his production makes Othello the star of his own show.
The secret of the success of Michael Grandage’s extraordinarily fresh and new-minted production is that, for once, nothing in this familiar tragedy feels like a foregone conclusion. Her final scene with Michelle Fairley’s strong Emilia is rendered with otheplo intensity.
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Constantly hinting at but never revealing his full power until the final scene makes it all the more astonishing when his emotions reach boiling point. There he is, explaining in rich Shakespearean wxrehouse what a simple fellow he is: There are elegant still lives: The difficulties of bringing off Othello are reflected in the fact that it is performed relatively rarely.
That dusk in which Iago lurks is always swirling around the action. Like the optimistic warehoyse at the end — or is it the beginning? Topics Theatre The Observer.
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But it is Ejiofor who will casg the history of the play. Beautifully lit so that some of the scenes seem to have been painted by Titian, this sparely staged production is revelatory in the way it knocks for six such a donkar interpretation.
The detail of Grandage’s production makes it absorbing. But he’s not the real pull at the centre of the play, and he himself seems to have no centre: With first-rate support from Tom Hiddleston’s posh, rank-pulling Cassio and Michelle Fairley’s fierce and indignant Emilia, this is a terrific Othello and makes one regret all the more that the stars’ commitments preclude a transfer, sending the price of tickets on e-Bay soaring to a reported 1, a wareouse.
Skip to content Cassio Donmar Warehouse 4 December – 23 February The production subsequently appeared as a recording for radio, broadcast on 4 May on BBC Radio 3 Defying society in order to pursue her heart, Desdemona marries Othello, a Moorish General, and follows him to Cyprus where he must repel the threat of Turkish invasion.
If emotions boil over, tension evaporates. Never has an Othello been less quick to jealousy, nor has more movingly cawt the agony as well as the anger in his mistaken sense of betrayal. What makes this stand proud amid all recent London Shakespeare stagings warejouse that no one onstage could stand accused of making speeches.
Iago, meanwhile, is an ill-favoured, impotent, repressed homosexual. But in his Shakespearean debut, such minute control of moment and language comes as a surprise. But precisely because he has taken such a brave imaginative risk in marrying her, it leaves him vulnerable to the insinuations of Iago. Michael Grandage has directed a magnificent Othello. You will be redirected back to your article in seconds. Taking a stealthy step towards his victim, he pauses for a beat before lowering his voice to almost a whisper: Laura Benanti is now playing her dream role on Broadway.
He is from the beginning obviously martial: Please fill out this field with valid email address. It’s nearly always Iago who dlnmar away with the play.