Venice's most successful warrior oblivious to one soldier's ruthless obsession with his total destruction. Newly married and in the midst of happiness, he little reckons on the wrath of his soldier Iago, passed over for promotion and hell bent on revenge.
Love has the power to destroy.
Starring top British actors James Alexandrou (Eastenders, British Shakespeare Company (Orlando, As You Like It), The Globe (Romeo), The Homecoming with Harold Pinter, BBC Radio 3), as Shakespeare’s classic villain Iago, and Ian Charleson Award nominated Nari Blair-Mangat as Othello (Macbeth dir. Kenneth Branagh (MIF/ Broadway), Piaf dir. Jamie Lloyd (Donmar/ Vaudeville), The Duchess of Malfi dir. Jamie Lloyd (The Young Vic), Disney's Cinderella dir. Kenneth Branagh) join the multi-Off West End Award nominated Grassroots Shakespeare London as they celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday from London’s West End.
Wednesday 2nd - Saturday 26th April 2014
Tickets: £18/ £15 concessions
Performance starts at 7pm, doors open from 6.30pm
The performances on Tuesday 22nd April and Wednesday 23rd April start at 9pm
"A highly enjoyable show that does justice to its author, as his 450th birthday approaches."
"Othello was excellent tonight. James Alexandrou was a revelation! James Alexandrou - yes, Martin off of EastEnders - as Iago...and he was absolutely brilliant."
If Shakespeare were alive today this would be how he wanted it to be....Shakespeare theatre is not dramatic unless its gets an audience engaged, gasping and introspective of the human condition, and Daly’s Othello effectively does this. Othello can be produced in various ways but Grassroots ‘re-vitalised, re-imagined and re-examined’ work warrants a position in the West End as part of Shakespeare’s legacy, which so happens to take place on his 450th birthday.
"This high energy performance...move[s] through the audience to expand the playing area and then drawing everyone in for the more intimate scenes. I found myself looking forward to Iago's soliloquies where Alexandrou would slow the pace right down and make steely eye contact with the audience asking them to see his point of view and give credence to his behaviour.... this engaging and harrowing production certainly does not feel its length."
"Grassroots Shakespeare Company, in my opinion, have proven themselves worthy of our trust with their pellucid, pared-back Othello at the Leicester Square Studio Theatre. Rather than imposing a cosmetic aesthetic or slant, they eradicate unnecessary frills and concentrate on telling the story... I wonder with confidence about the exciting future that lies in store for Grassroots Shakespeare."
"A raw performance beautiful in its simplicity, complex in its passion. Bravo!....Although credit has to be given to the entire cast, who bring great performances all round, a special mention has to be given to Alexandrou for his ability to infuse a mood and atmosphere that is powerful and absorbing to watch. An easy four stars for a revitalised, passionate performance, worthy of celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.
"Othello is a great way to celebrate William’s birthday, especially if anyone isn’t entirely familiar with Shakespeare’s work, like myself. Grassroots production methods make Othello easy to follow, with a simple set design (Artistic Director Siobhan Daly has done a wonderful job) and reduced running time."
"When Emily Jane Kerr (whose Grassroots credits include Puck and The Tempest’s Stephano) shops her man in the play’s climax of constructive disloyalty, she does so with a fearsome naturalism. It stops us in our tracks, reminds us that the stuff we’ve been watching is of desperate importance, and salvages a morality play from this great, unsparing tragedy."