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Full casting announced for Othello at Shakespeare's Globe

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Othello. Directed by Claire van Kampen, it runs at Shakespeare’s Globe from July 20 to October 13, 2018.

Joining previously announced André Holland as Othello and Mark Rylance as Iago, are Sheila Atim (Emilia), Catherine Bailey (Bianca and Doge of Venice), William Chubb (Brabantio and Montano), Steffan Donnelly (Roderigo), Aaron Pierre (Cassio), Badria Timimi (Lodovica) and Jessica Warbeck (Desdemona).

Chorus members are Micah Loubon, Ira Mandela Siobhan and Clemmie Sveaas.

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.

Winner of an Olivier Award earlier this year for her role in Girl From The North Country (Old Vic, West End), Sheila Atim is returning to Shakespeare’s Globe after making her professional debut on The Globe stage in Matthew Dunster’s The Lightning Child in 2013. Her other theatre work includes The Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar Warehouse), Les Blancs (National Theatre) and Volpone (RSC).

Catherine Bailey appeared in the Globe’s productions of Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice and Dr Scroggy’s War in 2014. Her other recent theatre work incudes King Lear (No 1 Tour) and The 39 Steps (West End). Her television credits include The Crown, Strike: The Silkworm and Mr Selfridge.

William Chubb’s recent theatre credits include This House (National Theatre), Racing Demon (Theatre Royal Bath), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, King Lear (Old Vic) and Lawrence After Arabia (Hampstead Theatre).

Steffan Donnelly returns to The Globe after appearing in Romeo and Juliet in 2015, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Titus Andronicus in 2014. His other recent theatre work includes My Body Welsh (Invertigo) and Pilgrims (HighTide/Theatre Clwd/Yard), for which he was nominated for an Offie. He has also appeared on television in The Innocents and Shakespeare Uncovered.

Aaron Pierre is best known for his role as Dev-Em in SyFy’s hit series Krypton. His other television credits include Jez Butterworth’s Britannia, The A Word and Prime Suspect 1973. His theatre credits whilst training include Of Mice and Men, Coriolanus, Platonov and The Virtuoso (LAMDA).

Badria Timimi has most recently appeared on screen in Carnival Row (Amazon), with other television credits including Father Brown, EastEnders and Unforgotten. Her film credits include Pusher, Syriana and Tim Burton’s feature film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Timimi’s recent theatre work includes My Brilliant Friend (Rose Theatre Kingston), Told FromThe Inside (Royal Court) and Feed the Beast (Birmingham Rep).

Jessica Warbeck played Hero in the Globe’s touring production of Much Ado About Nothing in 2015 and appeared in Othello (2015). Her other recent theatre work includes One Man, Two Guvnors (Eastbourne Theatres) and Oliver Twist (European Tour).

Read more about Othello and Shakespeare’s Globe’s 2018 season.