Giles Terera—most recently seen at the NT in the blistering Blues for an Alabama Sky—takes the title role in Clint Dyer’s revival of Shakespeare’s play. Terera plays a black man who has succeeded and risen to become a general in a white world. But can he maintain his standing when he marries across the racial divide, and some are determined to bring him down? Rosy McEwen plays Desdemona, the wife he marries in secret, and Paul Hilton is the comrade in arms who is determined to bring Othello down. It’s the first of two Othellos in London over the next couple of months with Frantic Assembly’s acclaimed touring version arriving at the Lyric Hammersmith in January.
A bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. A refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds that love across racial lines has a cost. Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide. Clint Dyer (Death of England: Parts 1, 2 and 3; Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical) directs an extraordinary new vision for one of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedies, with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Death of England: Face to Face), Rosy McEwen (The Alienist) and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance).