NT Live: Othello


Contains moderate violence and language

About this Film

The National Theatre presents a major new production of William Shakespeare's celebrated play 'Othello', about the destructive power of jealousy.

Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester (Henry V at the National Theatre, BBC's Hustle) takes the title role. Playing opposite him as the duplicitous Iago is fellow Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (The Last of the Haussmans, James Bond: Skyfall), who is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner (Timon of Athens, One Man, Two Guvnors) following their acclaimed collaboration on the National Theatre's recent production of Hamlet.

Othello, newly married to Desdemona - who is half his age - is appointed leader of a major military operation. Iago, passed over for promotion by Othello in favour of the young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair.

Othello School Show
The National Theatre's Othello will also be broadcast in a special screening for school children on 14th October at 10am. For more information and instructions on how to book please click here.


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  • Released on
    26/09/13
  • Cast members
    Adrian Lester, Rory Kinnear
  • Running time
    195 minutes
  • Directed by
    Nicholas Hytner
  • Language
    English

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