The republic of Venice employs General Othello to defend its overseas territories against the Turks. As the Turkish threat gathers and Venetian forces are despatched to Cyprus, the love Othello holds for his new wife becomes a torrent.
Othello at Shakespeare's Globe

Image: Shakespeare's Globe


Genre: Shakespeare - tragedy
Venue: Shakespeare's Globe
Started: Friday 20 July 2018
Closed: Saturday 13 October 2018
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available


André Holland (Othello) is best known for his roles in Academy Award-winning films Moonlight and Selma.

The multi-award-winning actor's other screen credits include 42 and The Knick.

Theatre credits include Jitney (Broadway), Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons), Wig Out (Vineyard Theatre), The Brother / Sister Plays (Public Theater) and All's Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare in the Park).

Mark Rylance (Iago) is currently starring in the Globe's production of Farinelli and the King on Broadway (originally produced under Dominic Dromgoole's tenure as Artistic Director).

He was the founding Artistic Director of the Globe, acting for ten years between 1996 - 2005, playing a multitude of roles including the Countess Olivia in Twelfth Night and Richard in Richard III (Shakespeare's Globe, West End, Broadway).

Further stage credits include Jerusalem (Royal Court, West End) and Boeing-Boeing (West End, Broadway).

His screen credits include Wolf Hall, Dunkirk, The BFG and Bridge of Spies.

Claire van Kampen most recently directed Nice Fish in 2016 (St Ann's Warehouse, New York & West End), and wrote Farinelli and the King.

From 1997, she was the Globe's founding Director of Theatre Music, creating both period and contemporary music for approximately 50 of the Globe's productions.

She is Creative Associate of The Old Vic and has continued to be the Globe Associate for Early Modern Theatre Music since 2007.


The republic of Venice employs General Othello, a self-made man and a Moor, to defend its overseas territories against the Turks.

As the Turkish threat gathers and Venetian forces are despatched to Cyprus, the love Othello holds for his new wife becomes a raging, uncontrollable torrent.

Iago, a junior officer secretly enraged by Othello, exploits his General's ambiguous position and ingenuous nature, driving him into a passionate and overpowering jealousy.

Othello is an all too human story; marked by the domestic intimacy of a chamber piece, it has the feel of a relentless Greek tragedy.

The wasteland of death may be both Iago's goal and his harvest, but the stage belongs to Othello, a man who loved perhaps unwisely and too well.

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Previews from:Friday 20 July 2018

Press night:Wednesday 1 August 2018

Closes:Saturday 13 October 2018

Performance days & times

Various ‑ check schedule for details.

Various - check schedule for details.



Gallery (seated) from £22

Yard (standing) £5

£3 off for under 18s

Access information

Audio‑Described Performance:

Saturday 1 September, 2.00pm

Relaxed Performance:

Tuesday 9 October, 2.00pm

Captioned Performance:

Saturday 6 October, 2.00pm

BSL Interpreted Performance:

Friday 21 September, 7.30pm


André Holland - Othello

Mark Rylance - Iago


Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Claire van Kampen

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