The National Theatre presents a major new production of William Shakespeare’s celebrated play about the destructive power of jealousy. Adrian Lester takes the title role, with Rory Kinnear as the duplicitous Iago.
Witty, agile, lucid and deeply felt.A gripping production.
A breathtaking show of emotional firepower. Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear are superb.
A high-class production.
The National Theatre presents a major new production of William Shakespeare’s celebrated play 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.
What is NT Live?
‘It’s just a great way of making the play accessible,’ Cumberbatch said.
National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre with Helen Mirren. We've since broadcast more than twenty other productions live from the National Theatre, and on occasion other theatres in the UK and around the world.
Our broadcasts have now been experienced by over 3.5 million people in more than 1,100 venues around the world, including 550 in the UK alone. Past National Theatre broadcasts have included Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Sam Mendes’ King Lear with Simon Russell Beale.
Broadcasts from other theatres include The Audience with Helen Mirren from the West End, Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston from the Donmar Warehouse and A Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson from the Young Vic.
How does NT Live work?
Though each live broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the 'best seat in the house' view of each production. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time.