"Edinburgh Festival, "Shakespeare's Othello | Cast & Creative – Lenny Henry", http://www.theculturenews.com/#!DAVID-SERERO-starring-as-OTHELLO-in-a-Moroccan-Style-this-June-in-New-York/cmbz/57282b750cf2051007a270c2, "Sephardic OTHELLO to Open in June at Center for Jewish History", "William Shakespeare's Othello : the fall of a warrior, 19th–22nd September 2013, Goodman Arts Centre", Othello Ballet Suite/Electronic Organ Sonata No. He said, "Copy me." just create an account. By order of the Duke, Othello leaves Venice to command the Venetian armies against invading Turks on the island of Cyprus, accompanied by his new wife, his new lieutenant Cassio, his ensign Iago, and Iago's wife, Emilia, as Desdemona's attendant. I was at the back like that, standing for an hour. Lodovico. [62], Othello opened at the Donmar Warehouse in London on 4 December 2007, directed by Michael Grandage, with Chiwetel Ejiofor as Othello, Ewan McGregor as Iago, Tom Hiddleston as Cassio, Kelly Reilly as Desdemona and Michelle Fairley as Emilia. A horned man's a monster and a beast. Meanwhile, Iago sneaks away to find Othello and warns him that Brabantio is coming for him. He stayed with his retinue in London for several months and occasioned much discussion. He is the one who presents the evidence found in Roderigo's pockets which condemns Iago as the mastermind behind all the bloodshed in the play. [41] It has been argued that it is Othello's "otherness" which makes him so vulnerable to manipulation. [17] Quartos were also published in 1630, 1655, 1681, 1695, 1699 and 1705. Cassio is wounded and Iago has killed Roderigo. Iago calls Cassio in, while Othello hides; Iago speaks to Cassio of Bianca, but Othello, in his disturbed state, believes that Ca… The party arrives in Cyprus to find that a storm has destroyed the Turkish fleet. [Stabs Roderigo.] Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Cassio, distraught, is then persuaded by Iago to ask Desdemona to persuade her husband to reinstate him. He also gives voice to what we are all wondering about Othello's sanity when he asks, 'Are his wits safe? In Othello, it is Iago who manipulates all other characters at will, controlling their movements and trapping them in an intricate net of lies. [57] This performance was recorded complete on LP, and filmed by popular demand in 1965 (according to a biography of Olivier, tickets for the stage production were notoriously hard to get). Shakespeare explores man's ugliest trait in this opus and perfectly represents the idea of the 'tragic hero' in Othello, who wins over the responders early on but proceeds to make bad, almost wicked, decisions that will make it harder for the audience to like him until his eventual undoing. In the darkness, Iago manages to hide his identity, and when Lodovico and Gratiano hear Cassio's cries for help, Iago joins them. 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Cassio also enters, carried in on a chair. murder!— 65 What may you be? Act 5 Scene 1 Lodovico: Iago has been successful in deceiving even Venice’s most superior members of society highlighting his Machiavellian qualities. Gambon had been in Olivier's earlier production. Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. are you of good or evil? Lodovico has a small but important role in William Shakespeare's Othello. The stunt renewed interest in Booth's tour. He arrives on the scene after Cassio and Roderigo have had their fight. When Desdemona drops a handkerchief (the first gift given to her by Othello), Emilia finds it, and gives it to her husband Iago, at his request, unaware of what he plans to do with it. Act III, scene iii is considered to be the turning point of the play as it is the scene in which Iago successfully sows the seeds of doubt in Othello's mind, inevitably sealing Othello's fate. As Othello exits and Lodovico and Gratiano enter, Iago kills Roderigo on the pretense of standing up for Cassio. As critics have established, the term 'Moor' referred to dark-skinned people in general, used interchangeably with terms such as 'African', 'Somali', 'Ethiopian', 'Negro', 'Arab', 'Berber', and even 'Indian' to designate a figure from Africa (or beyond). But, when Desdemona mentions Cassio, Othello becomes very angry and slaps her in front of everyone; she rushes off, very upset. Cassio is carried away. I played him as an Arab. How does Iago cast suspicion on Bianco for Cassio’s injuries? how can he benefit from that? IAGO [To himself ] I rubbed this young pimple as much as I can, and he's getting angry. Stamp in 1930). He tells Cassio Iago’s punishment is for him to determine, and that he will return to Venice with the sad news of what has come to pass: “Myself will straight abroad and to the state, this heavy act with heavy heart relate.” credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. Although it was never filmed, it was the first lengthy performance of a Shakespeare play released on records, first on a multi-record 78 RPM set and then on a 3-LP one. study There also have been over a dozen film adaptations of Othello. RODERIGO 62 O damn'd Iago! Good cousin Lodovico (Desdemona 4.1.218) , Signior Lodovico (Iago 5.1.68) Relationship Status. Lodovico’s arrival carrying a message from the Duke provides an independent witness for Iago. Lodovico and Cassio believe that Iago is honest and courageous because he appears to be coming to the rescue of Cassio and kills Roderigo, the assailant. The first certainly known performance occurred on 1 November 1604, at Whitehall Palace in London, being mentioned in a Revels account on "Hallamas Day, being the first of Nouembar", 1604, when "the Kings Maiesties plaiers" performed "A Play in the Banketinge house at Whit Hall Called The Moor of Venis". Iago hates Othello for promoting a younger man named Cassio above him, whom Iago considers a less capable soldier than himself, and tells Roderigo that he plans to exploit Othello for his own advantage. Visit the Othello Study Guide page to learn more. The play is there attributed to "Shaxberd". Likewise, Othello is relieved of his command and Cassio is put in his place. 3. What do you think Cassio’s reaction to this is? LODOVICO Are his wits safe? The play was entered into the Register of the Stationers Company on 6 October 1621, by Thomas Walkley, and was first published in quarto format by him in 1622: One year later, the play was included among the plays in the First Folio of Shakespeare's collected plays. Nicholas Burt played the lead, with Charles Hart as Cassio; Walter Clun won fame for his Iago. {{courseNav.course.mDynamicIntFields.lessonCount}} lessons Shakespeare's most striking departure from Cinthio is the manner of his heroine's death. Every time I moved my hair went wild. murder!— 65 What may you be? Othello confronts Desdemona, and then smothers her in their bed.