Unparalleled in its simplicity and in the timelessness of its ferocious and pointed, deeply human tragedy, Shakespeare's "Othello" is presented here in yet another award winning, brilliantly rendered production from legendary director Trevor Nunn and the RSC. The love and lives of the beautiful and fiercely loyal Desdemona and ageing, noble Moroccan mercenary Othello are thrown tragically out of balance when the erstwhile friend and confidante of Othello, lago, succumbs to an irrational hatred and jealousy of the proud and brave warrior. Determined to destroy both Othello's relationship with Desdemona and his very life, lago begins an insidious campaign of disparagement and treachery which leads inevitably and inexorably to tragedy for all concerned.
I was deciding which version of Othello to watch and felt uncomfortable with the older film versions with blacked up actors. I chose this mainly because of Ian Mckellen and it was a good choice, he is great and the other actors are very good. Be aware that this is basically a filmed version from the stage but I did not short changed by this as the story keeps you gripped.
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