A BBC Radio 4 production of Othello, starring Lenny Henry in title role. The comic makes his stage debut as the tortured Moor.
One of Shakespeare's most revered tragedies, the play tells the story of a noble African commander in the service of the Venetian army, whose mind is poisoned against the one he loves by the jealous and hate-filled Iago. The production opened at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and subsequently toured the country before arriving in London's West End to rave reviews.
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Lenny Henry has, apparently, spent most of his career doing comedy. He gives an impressive performance here as Othello: brooding, demanding, bellowing: a man of deep love and honor, a man barely contained by the limits of the play. I wasn't familiar with him or the other members of the cast, but they are all wonderful. The actress playing Desdemona is somewhat more spirited than usual - which is a good thing! I think the action surrounding the attack on Cassio is a little unclear, but I'm willing to chalk that up to momentary inattention on my part. A beautiful, powerful production.
"I'm no longer scared of Shakespeare!"
I was pleasantly surprised by Othello and thought that Lenny Henry put in a fine performance, although I admit I am a Shakespeare novice so I do not know whether purists would agree.
Following the storyline and language was much easier than I expected and I was so caught up in the drama by the end that I walked an extra ten minutes round the block on my way home from work to finish it.
I so enjoyed the play that am now going to check out some of the other Shakespeare title on Audible - thanks Lenny!
"Unabridged? Not according to my copy of the play!"
I downloaded this so I could listen to it with my GCSE class. As it was labelled "unabridged" I assumed that we'd be able to follow the text as we listened, only to find that whole chunks of text are missing. Their interpretation of "unabridged" may refer to the recent theatrical version of the play, but certainly doesn't mean that it includes all of Shakespeare's words, as published in copies of the play. Be warned!
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