This article is about Shakespeare's play. For other uses, see Othello (disambiguation).
In Othello, one of William Shakespeare's plays, Shakespeare creates powerful drama from a marriage between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona that begins with elopement and mutual devotion and ends with jealous rage and death. Shakespeare builds many differences into his hero and heroine, including race, age, and cultural background. Yet most readers and audiences believe the couple's strong love would overcome these differences were it not for Iago, who sets out to destroy Othello. Iago's false insinuations about Desdemona's infidelity draw Othello into his schemes, and Desdemona is subjected to Othello's horrifying verbal and physical assaults.
Othello was performed at court in 1604 and scholars believe Shakespeare wrote it that year or the year before. It was pubilshed as a quarto in 1622, and a somewhat fuller text was included in the 1623 First Folio. Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi was the chief source.
Productions at the Folger
- Helen Hayes Awards
- Nominations: "Outstanding Lighting Design, Resident Production" for Andrew F. Griffin
- Helen Hayes Awards
- Nominations: "Outstanding Sound Design, Resident Production" for Scott Burgess
Hamnet link to Folger Edition: PR2753 .M6 2004 copy 2 v.27
In popular culture
This 1995 adaptation of Othello stars Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh.
Watch the trailer for this 2001 teen drama adaptation of Othello, "O" starring Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, and Josh Hartnett.
The Folger owns at least 90 stand-alone translations of Othello in various languages (not including collected works). Cataloging of these works is ongoing as of early 2015, and many have full-level catalog records, but some works still have only partial records. Translations can be found Hamnet in by searching for "Translations"in the Genre/Form Term field, or by searching the Call Number (Left-Anchored) field for call numbers starting with PR2796 (see the list of Sh.Col. translations call numbers for specific language call numbers). Since not all translations are fully cataloged, some items may only turn up in one of these searches.
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Other parts were played by members of the cast.
Directed by Robert Richmond.
Original music composed by Anthony Cochrane and the recording was engineered by Matt Nielsen.
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Listen to Arun Rath's report on Giuseppe Monteverdi's Othello, the Moor of Venice on NPR's All Things Considered. (October 5, 2013)
Hear Barbara A. Mowat, co-editor of the Folger Shakespeare Library editions, discuss word choice in Othello.
Watch dramaturg Michele Osherow and actors from Folger Theatre's 2011 production of Othello explore language in the play.
Listen to Osherow and the cast of the Folger Theatre 2011 production of Othello probe characters' use of deception.
Hear Robert Richmond, director of the 2011 Folger Theatre production of Othello, discuss jealously in the play.
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- Adapted from the Folger Library Shakespeare edition, edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. © 1993 Folger Shakespeare Library.